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Investment in sustainable packaging essential, says study

Producers must ensure packaging is more sustainable as customers remain convinced that food packing is excessive and are altering their consumption patterns as a result, warns research from Datamonitor.

Special Edition: Sustainable packaging

Sustainable packaging - road map or road to nowhere?

Sustainable packaging is a buzzword on the lips of consumers and industry players alike. But what is sustainable packaging and how far has the sector come in developing a road...

BV Dairy looks to take a lead on anaerobic digestion

A dairy processor in the UK is installing an anaerobic digestion (AD) system to convert waste into energy as the government considers how best to encourage others to follow suit.

'Super dairy' plans shelved over environmental concerns

Plans to build an 8,100-cow dairy farm in the UK have been withdrawn over concerns about the environmental impact of the project.

SIG Combibloc blazes green trail in China

The first FSC-labelled cartons are to be launched onto the Chinese market, said SIG Combibloc as it seeks to raise awareness of sustainability issues in the global economic powerhouse.


What's the colour of money? Bonuses should be green

Never before has the dangling of golden carrots in the boardroom been so closely scrutinised. DSM and others’ decisions to ensure those carrots have green shoots of sustainability attached to...

Environmental analysis breaks down milk packaging options

Life cycle analysis of different milk packaging options has revealed that minimising weight and recycling offer the biggest environmental benefits.

Sustainable packaging definitions and principles agreed

Global leaders across the packaging, food manufacturing and retail sectors have approved a set of common definitions and principles for sustainable packaging.

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.

Dispatches from FiE

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.

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