FEATURE: Chocolate Giant Mars Pledges $1 Billion to Fight Climate Change

Mars has pledged to spend $1 billion on its “Sustainability in a Generation” plan. It aims to tackle climate change by reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and promoting sustainable farming. Mars wants big companies around the world to follow its lead; It is warning that “more extreme weather events” could cause “significant challenges and hardships” unless more action is taken.

 

“We’ve been increasingly worried about overall progress on the big issues, whether that’s climate change or solving poverty,” Barry Parkin, Mars’ chief sustainability officer, told Business Insider. “There are obviously commitments the world is leaning into but, frankly, we don’t think we’re getting there fast enough collectively. We’re trying to go all in here.”  Read more about it here.

IMPROVING NUTRITION

 

CARGILL: Sustainable Feed, Fish Production Worth the Higher Price Tag for US Consumers

 

FONTERRA: Tick of Approval for Fonterra’s Nutrition Guidelines

A customer survey highlights the role for sustainable feed and fish production in the U.S. marketplace, says Cargill Aqua Nutrition manager.

 

Fonterra displays its continued commitment to delivering high quality dairy nutrition by creating new global Food and Nutrition Guidelines, recently endorsed by the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation.

 

   

KELLOGG'S: Nourishing Families so They can Flourish and Thrive

 

UNILEVER: Unilever's Sustainable Nutrition Manifesto Aims to Prove that Food shouldn't "Cost the Earth"

Kellogg’s said, at the end of 2016, that it had reduced overall sodium content in its ready-to-eat cereals by 44 per cent, up from 33 per cent in 2015, and ahead of its 2020 goal of 30 per cent.

 

Unilever launched its Sustainable Nutrition Manifesto on World Environment Day (5 June), to outline how governments, businesses and consumers need to recreate food systems to reduce the strains of food waste and finite resources.


FOOD SAFETY FOR SUSTAINABLE TRADE

 

GENERAL MILLS: General Mills Supports Sustainable Grains

 

MCDONALD'S: McDonald's CEO says Safety Top Priority in Fresh-beef Push

Cascadian Farms and parent company General Mills have partnered with The Land Institute to incorporate organic Kernza in their commercial lines of cereals and snacks.

 

McDonald’s Chief Executive Officer Steve Easterbrook is keeping a close watch on food safety, as the company rolls out fresh beef at the fast-food chain.  

 

PEPSICO: PepsiCo Makes Progress Towards Sustainability Goal

 

FIA: Food Industry Asia Partners with Asian Development Bank and Regional Governments to Drive Greater Mekong Subregion Food Safety Agenda

PepsiCo, Inc. announced progress in its goal to use 100 per cent sustainable oil by the year 2020. In its annual “Palm Oil Action Plan Progress Report,” the company outlined efforts to strengthen its supply chain, including steps taken to promote human rights, responsible land use and supplier transparency.

 

Food Industry Asia (FIA) has pledged to support the six countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) in building capacity and strengthening food safety systems across the region. Representing the private sector, FIA will bring together governments, policymakers and industry leaders through high-level dialogue to drive the food safety agenda.


CARING FOR A HEALTHY PLANET

 

COCA-COLA: Coca-Cola Launches First Sustainability Campaign to Promote Plastic Recycling

 

FRIESLANDCAMPINA: Solar Power for Dairy Processing at FrieslandCampina

Coca-Cola launched a multi-million-pound campaign to encourage consumers to recycle its plastic bottles, marking the first time it has run a major sustainability campaign in Great Britain.

 

The ambition of FrieslandCampina is to generate sufficient green electricity at the farm yards to fully cover the use of electricity within the chain and thus contributing to achieve climate neutral growth in 2020.

 

HERSHEY'S: Hershey’s New Display-ready Case Reduces Use of Corrugated Materials by 32%

 

MONDELĒZ: Mondelēz closer to Sustainability Goals by Reducing Oreo, Cadbury Packaging

Redesigning the display-ready case for its packaged chocolate products from a two-piece to a one-piece box helps move Hershey toward its goal of reducing its packaging material by 25 million pounds by 2025.

 

Mondelēz has eliminated 46,300 metric tonnes of packaging – two-thirds of its 2020 goals – to reduce its environmental impact.