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Dairy sector challenges greenhouse gas report

Trade body Dairy UK has challenged the conclusions of a recent report assessing how the food industry can cut greenhouse gas emissions, claiming it included “dangerous” and “alienating” principles.


Time to speed sustainable palm oil supply

Global food giants have vowed to source all their palm oil sustainably by 2015 – but consumer pressure could grease the wheels for more rapid change.

US dairy industry commits to emissions targets

The US dairy industry has agreed to work with the USDA to cut greenhouse gas emissions 25 per cent by 2020.

Dairy industry attacks “sustainable diet” report

Industry representatives have criticised a high-profile sustainability report advocating reductions in dairy product consumption.

Big changes needed to make diets sustainable, report

Reducing meat and dairy consumption, eating fewer fatty and sugary foods, and wasting less food are the three changes to consumption habits that will have the biggest impact on making...

Big three drink carton firms improve traceability

Tetra Pak, Elopak, and SIG Combibloc increased sharply their purchase of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified or controlled wood fibres last year, according to a new report.

UK dairies accelerate towards recycled plastic targets

Production of recycled HDPE is accelerating fast as milk processors race to meet the 2010 Milk Roadmap targets.

Tetra Pak to trial green plastic for carton closures

Tetra Pak has agreed to carry out a limited trial to source green plastic from Brazil for use in its carton packaging in what the company said is a first...

Size matters! Green potential of more milk pack sizes

Providing a variety of milk packaging sizes could be more fruitful environmentally than switching to “greener” materials.

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Food sector at the forefront of sustainability, says Oxfam

Food and beverage manufacturers are driving sustainability in the supply chain, says an Oxfam specialist, but they face more risks in catering to demand for ethically-produced products than retailers.

Report reveals green packaging progress and potential

Figures from the Dairy UK sustainability report reveal progress on green packaging but significant disparity exists across the industry.

News in brief

Dairy UK publishes first sustainability report

Dairy UK has published its first ever Sustainability Report, ahead of the Copenhagen climate talks next month.

Arla lays claim to lightest milk bottle crown

Arla Foods, through its partnership with Logoplaste, claims to have developed the lightest two pint polybottle for milk in the UK.

Global dairy industry signs sustainability pledge

Dairy industry associations from around the world are coming together to sign a pledge to reduce carbon emissions and address climate change.

Greenpeace accuses Fonterra of contributing to deforestation

Greenpeace has attacked dairy giant Fonterra for using palm-based animal feed from cleared forests and for pushing an intensive farming model in New Zealand.

Tesco sticks carbon footprint labels to milk bottles

Tesco has begun displaying carbon footprint labels on milk bottles as part of a series of measures designed to reduce the environmental impact of milk production.

Labour MPs disagree on dairy industry commitment to sustainability

The UK farming minister has tipped the dairy industry to smash environmental targets just a week after a fellow Labour MP questioned its green credentials.

Dairy Crest delivers milk bag and jug to doorsteps

Dairy Crest has extended its milk bag and reusable jug (JUGIT) scheme to doorstep customers as part of ongoing efforts to cut packaging waste.

Trade body dismisses attack on milk packaging industry

Dairy UK has hit out against claims from a UK politician that the milk packaging industry is ‘way behind’ in its use of recycled materials.

SIG relishes aseptic supply chain challenges

SIG Combibloc has outlined the challenges in attaining full supply chain sustainability of the major raw material for its Europe-made aseptic cartons and hailed the environmental and commercial benefits secured.

Sustainable packing an emerging consumer trend - study

The increasing importance of sustainable packaging as a consumer issue means companies need to constantly reassess the amount of packing they use, according to a new report.

US consumers think natural is greener than organic, says survey

American consumers believe that a ‘natural’ label claim is a better indicator of an eco-friendly product than ‘organic’, according to a new survey from advertising firm the Shelton Group.

Dispatches from IFT

Greening dairy and the 'cow of the future'

Leaders in the quest to make the dairy industry greener discuss an ambitious new plan to reduce greenhouse gases by 25 per cent, and how the industry members should collaborate...

Compostability sought in yoghurt group’s greener pot pledge

As a major organic dairy continues with attempts to slash packaging material waste from its yoghurt pots, compostability is being seen a major area for the next stage of product...

Questions and confusion as “best before” label debate intensifies

Industry experts and the UK food safety watchdog have been assessing and clarifying the implications of the government’s much-discussed announcement to overhaul the food labelling date system.

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