Sustainability In The Media

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Monsanto Company today released its 2016 Sustainability Report, Growing Better Together. Highlights include Monsanto’s actions to help mitigate and adapt to climate change through collaborative efforts, the advancement of its biodiversity position and alignment of its work with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Feb/21/2017

The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) has launched a new Future Scenarios Toolkit in an effort to provide informed future planning guidance. The toolkit offers companies a clear and robust framework to analyze potential future scenarios regarding impacts (social, environmental, governmental, etc.) to their business, their supply chain, and their production, as well as successfully prepare to tackle those scenarios.

Feb/17/2017

Food processing machinery continues significant annual growth, increasing 11.3 percent, according to the 2017 Trends in Food Processing Operations report and accompanying infographic, “Food Processing Trends and Predictions for Tomorrow” from PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.

Feb/16/2017

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has revealed that its members, which include major brands such as Cadburys, Danone, and Kelloggs, have achieved a collective reduction of 46% in CO2 emissions since 1990, as the group builds on fresh targets for 2025.

Feb/09/2017
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Fresh from chairing edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum last week, sustainable business advisor David Bent shares his three key insights from the event, which brought together ambitious professionals to discuss transformational change.

Feb/03/2017
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Aside from country-specific trade agreements, opportunities for international commerce have become nearly seamless. But with international commerce comes accompanying regulations, especially for food and beverage manufacturers. In fact, the food and beverage industry continues to be one of the most regulated industries to ensure consumer health and safety.

Jan/18/2017
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Every bite we take has carbon tax implications.
 
From farm to fork, food is responsible for about 25 per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. And every decision consumers make when selecting food impacts the environment.
 
Many want to do something about it.
 

 

Dec/23/2016
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Despite the headway made, the end of the year (2016) brought serious uncertainty and fear about some gains being reversed. While we can expect progress on many fronts in 2017, in others, environmental advocates will have to cross their fingers. To that end, here are four highlights to watch in 2017 — the good, bad and the ugly.

Dec/21/2016

Ontario is investing in the expansion of Canada’s largest fresh spinach packer, Burlington-based Ippolito Fruit and Produce Limited, a family-owned fresh produce supplier. This investment will assist Ippolito Fruit and Produce Limited with upgrades that will help to create sustainable jobs, expand export opportunities, and strengthen the province’s food and beverage processing sector.

Participants include:
Minister Eleanor McMahon; Joel Ippolito, President; Councillor Craven; Cher Mereweather, Provision Coalition

 

 

Dec/13/2016
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The Carbon Trust Standard for Zero Waste to Landfill recognizes an organisation’s achievements in reducing its environmental impact by actively diverting its waste streams from landfill through reuse, recycling or recovery. You may wish to download the Carbon Trust Standard for Zero Waste to Landfill overview (PDF).

Dec/05/2016

Provision Coalition submitted an article to the Alberta Food Processors Association. See page 13. 

Dec/05/2016

Announced in October this year and launched on Monday earlier this week in Singapore, the Standards replace the current GRI G4 Guidelines, the most commonly used framework for sustainability reporting. Sustainability reporters have until July 1, 2018 to adopt the new Standards, after which the G4 Guidelines is no longer a valid reporting framework.

Nov/30/2016
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The people, companies, trends and policies that reveal this transparency were the hallmark of 2016. As journalists, we love it when the facts are all out on the table, so we are presenting the 2016 Dive Awards for the food and beverage industry. Our awards come from research and work throughout the year. The winners were ultimately chosen by Food Dive's editors.

Nov/29/2016
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15 U.S. businesses and organizations pledged to reduce food loss and waste in their operations 50 percent by 2030.  They include:  Ahold USA, Blue Apron, Bon Appétit Management Company, Campbell Soup Company, ConAgra Brands, Delhaize America, General Mills, Kellogg Company, PepsiCo, Sodexo, Unilever, Walmart, Wegman’s Food Markets, Weis Markets and YUM! Brands. Read the full article!

Nov/21/2016
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A new made-in Saskatchewan video promoting Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations next year demonstrates the high tech nature of modern agriculture. Federal public servants using a drone, global positioning software, and agri-geomatics satellite data technology and a combine, cut the Canada 150 logo into a durham wheat field near Wilcox.

Nov/18/2016
Food in Canada Magazine

“Food loss and waste is not just a pressing economic issue it has a direct connection to Canadian food security and environmental impact from wasted resources. Including food loss and waste in the federal government’s new food policy would go a long way to addressing this issue across the supply chain from farm to consumer,” says Cher Mereweather, executive director with Provision Coalition.

Nov/03/2016
Cher Mereweather, Executive Director, Provision Coalition

With a recent report on CBC pertaining to food waste, Cher was invited to have a conversation on 610CKTB - the Larry Fedoruk Show on October 25, 2016.  

Have a listen!

Oct/26/2016
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Joint Declaration Between the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the United Mexican States, the Government of Ontario, and the Gouvernement du Québec

Sep/01/2016
Food Manufacturing

Consumer demand for product transparency is on the rise, and brands that fulfill this demand by providing comprehensive product information are poised to grow market share and revenue. In fact, Label Insight's 2016 Transparency ROI Study reveals that nearly 9 in 10 consumers say transparency is important to them across every food product category, and 40 percent say they would switch to a new brand if it offered full product transparency.

Aug/30/2016
Palm Oil

Consumer goods giant Unilever has announced that it will not reinstate the Malaysian palm oil supplier group IOI as a contractor until "tangible progress" is made evident of the groups desire to implement a new ethical sustainability action plan.

Aug/16/2016
Minister Jeff Leal

Participate in the Red Tape Challenge and help us identify the business regulations that need to be updated, improved or eliminated. We are currently consulting on regulations that apply to the food processing sector, but we welcome your ideas even if you work in another field.

Provision participated at the Italpasta launch on August 2, 2016. Learn more about the Cut Red Tape Challenge: https://talks.ontario.ca/redtapechallenge

Aug/02/2016
Food Business News

“Stewardship of the land, water and air has been a hallmark of our farmers for generations, and we’re excited to announce a new step forward to serve our members and customers even better, and ultimately, continue our commitment to preserving our resources,” said Chris Policinski, president and chief executive officer of Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Jul/21/2016
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Considering that food waste is a substantial economic drain on the nation's economy, the area should be ripe for potential intervention. While an estimated 40 per cent of all food produced in the country ended up in the bin, a 2013 report from the Guelph-based Provision Coalition found a lack of sufficient existing data on the sources and causes of food waste in Canada. The report's authors also lamented that many businesses were unaware of the amount of food they waste or its real impact on their profitability. Canada's private, public, and social sectors can and should be doing more to fight food waste.

Jul/19/2016

In 2010, a report by the Value Chain Management Centre, called “Food Waste in Canada”, followed by a 2013 report commissioned by Guelph, Ontario’s Provision Coalition, called “Developing an Industry Led Approach to Addressing Food Waste in Canada”, both came to the conclusion that the annual cost of food waste in Canada amounted to $27 billion.

Jul/06/2016
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One solution to reducing that waste may be "hyperspectral chemical imaging technology for production line grading and sorting of leafy greens, carrots and potatoes," reports Food in Canada, a food and beverage processing industry publication. 

The initiative is a collaboration between Ippolito Fruit & Produce, Riga Farms, EarthFresh Foods and Amazing Grains working with Ontario chemical imaging company P&P Optica and industrial equipment company Axiom Millwrighting & Fabrication. The University of Guelph and Conestoga College will be in charge of testing the technology's effectiveness. 

Jun/28/2016
Ontario

The Action Plan states that the Government is seeking to build on Ontario’s new climate change legislation and to ensure the proceeds of cap-and-trade system (estimated to be C$1.8-billion per year) are invested into green projects.

Jun/13/2016

Andrew Winston, author of The Big Pivot, discusses the aggressive targets both Kellogg's and are taking with climate change in this blog post.

Jun/08/2016
Food Safety Food Sorting

A partnership of leading international organizations is launching the Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard at the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) 2016 Summit in Copenhagen. 

 

Jun/06/2016
Farm Food & Beyond

It’s a project of the Sustainable Farm and Food Coalition Steering Committee with support of the province’s major farm groups and the food industry’s Provision Coalition.

Consultant Bronwynne Wilton says the definition of sustainability they’re working with is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

May/17/2016
Food Manufacturing

Food Manufacturing is one of few sectors likely to grow as Canada transitions to knowledge-based economy according to Globe & Mail

May/06/2016
Provision Coalition

Solution-based innovative thinking is currently at work through a collaborative research partnership formed between Ippolito Fruit and Produce, P&P Optica, and Provision Coalition. Learn more!

Apr/29/2016
Waste 360

Supermarkets across the world are taking measures to gain the status of zero waste. From eliminating packaging to offering mostly locally sourced food items, these 10 supermarkets are paving the path for the future of sustainable grocery shopping.

Apr/27/2016
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New entrepreneurs in southern Ontario will benefit from an investment of up to $4.84 million in Bioenterprise Corporation announced yesterday by Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph.

Apr/26/2016
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Pleased to see Unilever and others taking a stand and walking the talk!

Apr/04/2016

By 2050, it is estimated there will be 9.6 billion people to feed around the globe. The food and beverage business environment of today is concerned with more than just a positive bottom line; success is interconnected with the long-term health of people, communities and the natural environment.

Mar/30/2016

For those companies in the middle of an organizational mind shift, new strategies for increasing employment engagement and valuing contributions to local communities are available. Watch the upside of making changes to company culture

Mar/30/2016
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Cargill vice president of environment, health and safety Al Johnson said: “Working in collaboration with NGOs and others on land use and water resources is part of our commitment to be a trusted sustainability partner to our customers and communities. It underscores our ongoing efforts to finding practical solutions to environmental and social challenges.”

Mar/23/2016
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Food prices set to rise in 2016 as weak loonie takes a bigger bite

Dec/29/2015
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(Woodstock) – September 15, 2015 – The Farm, Food & Beyond: Our Commitment to Sustainability initiative, was launched by farm and food industry leaders today in a special presentation on the opening day at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock.

Sep/15/2015

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