Sustainability

In FY 2018, General Mills completed more than 60 energy efficiency and reduction projects to save more than 12 million kWh. Pic: Getty/lovelyday12

General Mills hits its energy goals four years early

By Beth Newhart

The US Department of Energy (DOE) officially recognized General Mills, which has yogurt and ice cream as part of its portfolio, for achieving its target of 20% energy efficiency improvement in its largest US-based plants. In 2012 it was set as a 10-year...

 The council will help Ben & Jerry's adhere to its new ‘values-led dairy vision.'

Ben & Jerry’s introduces dairy advisory council

By Beth Newhart

A new group of experts in environmental health, the animal protection movement, water quality and organic farming has been created to advise Ben & Jerry’s on future product manufacturing.

Arla Foods and Noluma feature in this week's podcast.

Dairy Dialog podcast 31: Arla Foods packaging announcement and Noluma

By Jim Cornall

This week’s Dairy Dialog podcast features two interviews, one with Arla Foods’ head of Europe, Peter Giørtz-Carlsen on its recent packaging announcement, and another with Noluma International LLC CEO Divya Chopra on light damage of milk. We also have...

Arla’s head of Europe, Peter Giørtz-Carlsen.

Arla looks to sustainable packaging across Europe

By Jim Cornall

Dairy products in the fridges of European households are getting better for the environment. By the end of the year, across six countries, Arla is making 600 million fresh milk cartons renewable and 560 million yogurt pots recyclable, cutting 7,330 tonnes...

The wind industry is expected to deliver more than $85bn in economic activity by 2020.

General Mills signs 15-year deal for wind energy

By Beth Newhart

Food giant General Mills is making a commitment to sustainability and clean power by covering the electricity at its US facilities with renewable wind energy. It has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement with Roaring Fork Wind, LLC.

Plogging combines the benefits of exercise while making the planet healthier. It can be done while walking, jogging, running or hiking. Pic: Silk

Silk makes a bid for ‘plogging’ as an official sport

By Beth Newhart

Silk is leading an effort during Earth Month to make plogging an official sport at the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. A combination of jogging and picking up litter, plogging would fit into LA 2028’s goal to be the most sustainable Olympics in modern...

Grant finalists will attend a four-day program in Boulder, Colorado for training on sustainable food systems.

Danone opens applications for new grant program

By Beth Newhart

Danone Institute North America (DINA) will invest in sustainable food system projects through a grant program in the US and Canada. The ‘One Planet. One Health Initiative’ is now accepting proposals.

The project is part of Agropur’s corporate social responsibility effort, “Better Dairy. Better World.” Pic: ©Getty Images/petovarga

Agropur signs waste management deal with Cascades

By Jim Cornall

Canada’s Agropur Cooperative is introducing a program to recover inorganic waste at its 28 Canadian plants, in partnership with Cascades. The large-scale circular-economy project is a first in the Canadian dairy industry.