Tag: ESG

What’s Up With Upcycling

It’s become a $53 billion dollar market, and it’s growing. With more than half of consumers concerned with food waste, food upcycling is no longer just a niche trend. But what, exactly, is it? How …

‘Locavorism’ Trend Gaining Steam Despite Misconceptions

Eating local has developed a connotation for positive impact, from ethics to environment and even health, but how does the practice actually affect food systems, human systems and the planet? “There is not much evidence …

Proof of ESG: Blockchain Solutions

What is ESG, and how can food and beverage (F&B) companies apply blockchain solutions to provide transparency to customers, clients, and investors? This topic is addressed in this exclusive Food Institute webinar featuring Marcum and ...

Key Takeaways from 2022 Food Waste Solutions Summit

MINNEAPOLIS – As he gazed out at the sizable gathering at the University of Minnesota on Wednesday, Pete Pearson didn’t mince words. Pearson, senior director of food waste at the World Wildlife Fund, asked the …

Analysis: What are the Benefits of Precision Fermentation?

The process used to create precision fermentation is akin to alchemists transforming basic metals into gold. In this case, however, scientists are transforming sugar and fungus into hamburgers. According to RethinkX, a think tank that …

Building an ESG Business Case

Building an ESG business case for your food company has never been more important as consumers and investors align with these principles.

Inaugural Protein & Plant Evolution™ Conference Announced

Interactive & Educational Conference Designed to Meet the Needs of Retailers, Foodservice Operators, Food Manufacturers, Investors, Financial Services and Policy Makers, Scheduled for June 1-3 February 16, 2022/FI Newswire/ – The Food Institute and The Lempert …

Trend to Watch in 2022: Greener Packaging

As consumers become more focused on environmental issues, one company is betting $600 million that paper can become the new plastic. Graphic Packaging Holding Co. is launching a plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to recycle cardboard …

Report: Upcycling Ingredients Gains Traction on ESG Benefits

The adoption of upcycling continues to spread across the food industry as companies large and small explore innovative ways to repurpose ingredients that would otherwise go to waste. While the process remains a niche concept …

FI Small Bites: Coffee-less Coffee

Would you be willing to try a cup of coffee that had no coffee in it? Nope, it’s not a typo, this is real. Some companies are working on – and already have come up …

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Blue Apron Goes Green and Embraces ESG

How is Blue Apron addressing packaging and food waste in the meal kit vertical? Hannah Koski, head of sustainability and social impact at Blue Apron, joins The Food Institute Podcast to discuss different programs the …

Study: Compostable Packaging Matches Shelf Life of Plastic

As more food companies prioritize ESG initiatives, the use of compostable packaging continues to gain traction as an earth-friendly alternative to plastic. In the first half of 2021, major players like Chipotle, Taco Bell, and …

Update: Major Food Companies Ramping up ESG Efforts

With ESG topics becoming increasingly important to consumers, food companies are noticeably increasing their efforts. Below are a few recent examples of new ESG initiatives in the industry. MCCORMICK ADVANCES SUSTAINABILITY STANDARD McCormick & Company …

Insect Protein Has Investors Intrigued

Environmental activists point to issues like Amazon deforestation to suggest Earth is running out of agricultural real estate. Making matters worse, the United Nations predicts that, within three decades, the world’s population will reach nearly …

Chipotle Leading Sustainable Packaging Trend

Chipotle’s half-decade commitment to sustainability largely serves as a blueprint for the foodservice segment. In 2018, Chipotle announced that, by the year 2020, the fast-casual chain aimed to divert half of all of its restaurant …

JBS SA Beats Earnings Estimates, Looks to Expand

The world’s largest meat supplier, JBS SA, recorded fourth-quarter profits that spiked 65% from a year earlier. Sales were boosted by strong food sales in China and the U.S. and a sharp devaluation of Brazil’s …

Kellogg Raises ESG Bar with 2022 Renewable Energy Goal

Kellogg plans to shift its manufacturing electricity sources to over 50% wind energy globally by the end of 2022. The ambitious goal speaks to growing social and environmental concerns within the food industry. The company signed a long-term …

Does McDonald’s Have an Image Problem?

With a 90-day protest unfolding at McDonald’s headquarters, the fast food giant is contending with allegations that it set Black franchise owners up to contend with higher overhead costs for security, insurance, employee turnover, and …