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Food and drink must continue using the power of pressure in 2019 Subscription

13 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

This year has seen how pressure on suppliers and retailers can have positive results for health and the environment

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Brands are let down by recycling infrastructure in the war on packaging waste Subscription

12 Dec 2018 | By Carina Perkins

I think we should celebrate the brands and retailers hitting the over 80% mark for recycled materials in their festive choc boxes


Aldi swaps polystyrene pizza discs for recycled cardboard

12 Dec 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The move applies to all Aldi pizza products and will remove a claimed 180 tonnes of plastic from circulation annually

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Waitrose to trial robots to farm food

12 Dec 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

The upmarket grocer is to use the robots in the wheat fields in a three-year trial from February 

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Palm oil trader Wilmar vows to map and monitor suppliers Subscription

10 Dec 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Wilmar, which supplies 40% of the world’s palm oil, said it was stepping up efforts to ensure transparency and compliance in its supply chain

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Danone pledges to recycle more plastic in Ecosurety tie-up Subscription

10 Dec 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The deal will see Ecosurety manage Danone’s packaging and waste recycling obligations in the UK

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Do plastic alternatives actually cause more damage? Subscription

07 Dec 2018 | By Ian Quinn

A group of researchers have warned of unintended consequences of moves to reduce plastic


Does the rise in popularity of the avocado have a dark side? Subscription

07 Dec 2018 | By Carina Perkins

The popularity of the millennial’s superfruit of choice has been linked to cartels and deforestation

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Pladis pledges to cut plastic waste by 2025

07 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

The McVitie’s owner has pledged to make all plastic packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable

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Iceland's palm oil ad ranked 'most powerful' Xmas 2018 ad Video

06 Dec 2018

The film was blocked from TV by broadcast approval body Clearcast for breaking a rule in the advertising code against content from political organisations

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Unilever to invest €100k in plastic-free laundry tablet

06 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

The planned innovation was one of 10 ideas to emerge from a recent one-day ‘hackathon’

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Food and drink must be at the table when it comes to action on waste Subscription

05 Dec 2018 | By Ian Quinn

You don’t have to be David Attenborough to work out there needs to be a step-change in the packaging used by the food and drink industry

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Iceland MD made trustee of Surfers Against Sewage charity

05 Dec 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The news comes two weeks after Iceland announced SAS as a charity partner

Food waste

Government scheme could turn food waste into shopping bags

05 Dec 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The £60m funding would encourage technologies to enable products such as sugar beet, wood chippings and food waste to be used as shopping bags

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How UK retail can help slash the environmental impact of rice farming

04 Dec 2018 | By Chris Brown

Rice production currently emits the same level of CO2 as Germany, says Chris Brown, global head of environment at Olam International

Palm Oil

Palm oil supplier sanctioned over workers' rights abuses and trafficking Subscription

30 Nov 2018 | By Carina Perkins

An RSPO investigation found evidence of complicity in human trafficking and labour rights abuse at a palm oil unit owned by FGV Holdings Berhad, formerly FELDA Global Ventures (FELDA)

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Plastic ban 'could do more harm than good' to environment

30 Nov 2018 | By Ian Quinn

A group of 40 academics said while a ban on plastics might seem like a step forward, it could result in much greater environmental damage 

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Mars launches petfood pack recycling scheme

29 Nov 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Shoppers can send their used plastic pouches and bags from Whiskas and James Wellbeloved products to Terracycle

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UK performing 'very poorly' on sustainable agriculture Subscription

28 Nov 2018 | By Carina Perkins

The Food Sustainablity Index ranks the UK at 55 out of 67 countries on sustainable agriculture


Ubamarket adds 'plastic alerts' for recyclable products Subscription

28 Nov 2018 | By Andrew Don

A survey found 44% of people actively buy products that have less of an impact on the environment, even if more expensive

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