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New Global Brewers Survey Shows Industry Making Notable Reductions in Water, Energy Use
New Global Brewers Survey Shows Industry Making Notable Reductions in Water, Energy Use

WASTE NOT - The Worldwide Brewery Industry Water and Energy Benchmarking Survey, which is carried out by Campden BRI and KWA on behalf of the Dutch Brewers Association every four years, reveals that breweries have reduced their energy usage by over 9% and water usage by over 17% over the last four years, according to Campden BRI.The survey shows that between 2008 and 2012 average water use has been reduced dramatically by over 17% from 5.2 hectolitres (hl) of water per hl of beer to 4.3. Average energy use fell by over 9% in the same period from 229 Megajoules (MJ) per hl of beer to 207 MJ/hl. Even the top 10% most water- and energy-efficient breweries achieved a further 9% reduction in both energy and water usage between 2008 and 2012.

Del Monte Foods Plants the SEED for Sustainability Excellence
Del Monte Foods Plants the SEED for Sustainability Excellence

PRESS RELEASE - Del Monte Foods recently announced the winners of its inaugural Sustainability Excellence and Education (SEED) Awards, a program that recognizes its manufacturing and distribution facilities for displaying excellence in environmental sustainability and employee education. Del Monte is proud to recognize its distribution center in Lathrop, California, pet food plant in Buffalo, New York and vegetable manufacturing plant in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota as the program’s first winners.

Consumer Activists Urging Kellogg's to Take Stand Against Deforestation
Consumer Activists Urging Kellogg's to Take Stand Against Deforestation

SUPPLY CHAIN - Environmental activists (and former Girl Scouts) Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva, along with over 100,000 people in the U.S. and around the world, are calling on Kellogg Company CEO John Bryant to end the food company’s partnership with Wilmar International, the world’s largest palm oil trader, unless it agrees to stop relying on deforestation.

Canadian Coffee Company Releases Guilt-Free Single-Serve Coffee Pods
Canadian Coffee Company Releases Guilt-Free Single-Serve Coffee Pods

WASTE NOT - A Canadian coffee company says it has developed a more environmentally friendly alternative to the ever-popular, single-serve K-Cup pods, made a household name in recent years by the ubiquitous Keurig home coffeemakers.

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PepsiCo No Longer Labeling Naked Juices as ‘All Natural’
PepsiCo No Longer Labeling Naked Juices as ‘All Natural’

MARKETING AND COMMS - PepsiCo has announced that it will no longer label its Naked juices as being ‘‘all natural,’’ after paying $9 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed the drinks contain artificial ingredients.The company said in an email statement that it uses an ‘‘added boost of vitamins’’ in some of the drinks. However, a lawsuit filed against the company said the vitamins are actually synthetic ingredients, which includes a fiber made by Archer Daniels Midland. While PepsiCo did not confirm or deny that these synthetic fibers are included in the juices, the company is dropping the use of the word ‘‘natural’’ until more solid regulatory guidance emerges.

Beanfields Snacks Awarded B Corporation Status
Beanfields Snacks Awarded B Corporation Status

MARKETING AND COMMS - Bean and rice tortilla chip maker Beanfields Snacks has achieved its certification as a B Corporation.The family-owned company joins Ben and Jerry’s, Etsy, Patagonia and hundreds of others companies worldwide using the power of business to tackle social and environmental problems.

Coca-Cola and WWF Expand Global Partnership, Announce New Environmental Goals
Coca-Cola and WWF Expand Global Partnership, Announce New Environmental Goals

COLLABORATION - Coca-Cola has announced a new set of environmental goals, including returning 100 percent of the water from its manufacturing facilities back to the environment at a level that supports aquatic life by 2020.Coca-Cola says it is extending its nearly decade-long partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to achieve these new conservation and performance targets, promoting the integration of nature’s value into decision-making processes and convening influential partners to help solve shared global environmental challenges.Under the renewed and expanded partnership, Coca-Cola and WWF jointly developed new sustainability goals for the Coca-Cola system — the Company and its nearly 300 bottling partners in more than 200 countries.These goals include:

Mondelez International Helping 1,500 Vietnamese Coffee Farmers Become Sustainable Entrepreneurs
Mondelez International Helping 1,500 Vietnamese Coffee Farmers Become Sustainable Entrepreneurs

SUPPLY CHAIN - Global food and beverage giant Mondelez International has unveiled a new training facility for coffee farmers to promote sustainability and entrepreneurship in Vietnam. The company says this is a major step toward implementing its "Coffee Made Happy" sustainability program, which commits to investing at least $200 million to help one million coffee farming entrepreneurs by 2020.

New Generation of Companies Emerging to Sate Demand of Conscious Consumerism
New Generation of Companies Emerging to Sate Demand of Conscious Consumerism

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - In the past two months, the garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, the second-floor failure of the shoe factory in Cambodia, and most recently, the fire in the Chinese poultry plant have resulted in the deaths of some 1,500 workers in the developing world.In China alone, more than 100,000 people die annually in factories. These numbers are raising difficult questions among European and American consumers who have become accustomed to goods being manufactured abroad.

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Celtic Renewables Proving That Whisky Can Actually Help You Drive
Celtic Renewables Proving That Whisky Can Actually Help You Drive

WASTE NOT - Edinburgh-based start-up Celtic Renewables is turning waste matter from whisky production into a “next-generation biofuel” — biobutanol. The whisky distillation process is tremendously wasteful; only ten percent of what comes from a distillery is consumed. The majority of the by-products — known as draff (a residue of grains: barley, rye, wheat and sometimes corn) and pot ale (residue leftover in casks) — are generally discarded, wasting a valuable resource and affecting the distillery’s bottom line. If the new process proves effective, using this renewed resource could result in a $90 million dollar value for the biofuel industry.

Mars Named Best Private Company in 2013 Responsible Business Awards
Mars Named Best Private Company in 2013 Responsible Business Awards

MARKETING AND COMMS - Mars, Incorporated has been named “Best Private Company” by the 2013 Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards. Ethical Corporation is a UK-based global business publication focused on global ethical business and exploring how large companies are responding to the sustainable business agenda.The Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards pay tribute to companies’ commitment to responsible business practices and recognizes global leaders in corporate sustainability, according to the announcement.Other categories included “Best Employee Engagement,” “Best Supplier Engagement” and “Best Sustainability Report,” which were won by Western Union, Natura and The Co-Operative, respectively.

Coca-Cola's PlantBottle Rollout Signals Brands Taking Sustainability in China Seriously
Coca-Cola's PlantBottle Rollout Signals Brands Taking Sustainability in China Seriously

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - When Coca-Cola first rolled out its PlantBottle in fall 2009 in Copenhagen, the beverage giant sent a signal to the entire food and beverage industry that it had had to take sustainable packaging more seriously. Additional companies, including Heinz, later rolled out plastic bottles using the same technology.

Starbucks Is in a Unique Position To Push Consumers To Waste Less. Will It?
Starbucks Is in a Unique Position To Push Consumers To Waste Less. Will It?

WASTE NOT - Starbucks is one of America’s most iconic brands for many reasons. The company transformed coffee culture and taught U.S. consumers to appreciate better coffee beans and traditional coffee beverages long on the menu in Europe.

Solar Conduction Dryer Wins Grand Prize in 2013 Dell Social Innovation Challenge
Solar Conduction Dryer Wins Grand Prize in 2013 Dell Social Innovation Challenge

PRESS RELEASE - •Student team from India addresses the 20 to 30 percent food spoilage rate for poor rural farmers, via cost-effective dehydrators powered by solar conduction •Finalist projects range from new cancer diagnostic tool and nonprofit fundraising platform to solar power crowdsourcing and recycled shoes •Entrepreneurial students and their innovative ventures celebrated at finals event

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Sustainable Brands Unites Global Partners for First Look at Project on Sustainable Consumption and Consumer Behavior Change
Sustainable Brands Unites Global Partners for First Look at Project on Sustainable Consumption and Consumer Behavior Change

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISCO, California, May 8, 2013 – Sustainable Brands® announced today that the Emerging Economies Consumer Behavior Change Project will launch at the Sustainable Brands Rio conference in Brazil.

Startup Crowdfunding to Sell Superfood Bars in US to Aid West African Farmers
Startup Crowdfunding to Sell Superfood Bars in US to Aid West African Farmers

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Oakland-based social enterprise Kuli Kuli is launching an Indiegogo campaign to leverage its “superfood” nutrition bar to help alleviate poverty in West Africa.Kuli Kuli Bars are gluten-free, raw and made with just a few simple all-natural ingredients, the company says. The bars also are low in calories but contain high amounts of fiber, protein and vitamins. The bars are made from moringa oleifera, a tree that has been widely documented for its vast nutritional properties and ability to grow in poor soil with little water.

Monadnock Develops Eco-Friendly Label for Craft Beers
Monadnock Develops Eco-Friendly Label for Craft Beers

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Monadnock Paper Mills, which manufactures technical and specialty printing and packaging papers, recently announced the availability of an uncoated product designed specifically for craft beer made from 100 percent FSC-certified, post-consumer waste fibers.Made in New England, home to many iconic craft brews, Monadnock says its Envi Label offers American brewers a home-grown source for label stock that upholds brewers’ commitments to quality and sustainability with no compromises in performance or aesthetics.

Back to the Roots Growing Food Education, Reducing Waste Thanks to Smart Design
Back to the Roots Growing Food Education, Reducing Waste Thanks to Smart Design

WASTE NOT - Each week leading up to the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) finals on June 5th, where the runner-up will be decided via live online public vote at SB '13, we will feature an article on one of our SBIO semi-finalists. This week, we re-introduce you to local innovators Back to the Roots. There’s nothing like attractive design for turning people on to something new and unusual.

Bumble Bee Foods Announces New MSC-Certified 'Wild Selections®' Line To Benefit WWF
Bumble Bee Foods Announces New MSC-Certified 'Wild Selections®' Line To Benefit WWF

COLLABORATION - Bumble Bee Foods today announced the introduction of Wild Selections® – a new line of products certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Wild Selections® will support World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) efforts to protect marine life, expand sustainable fishing practices globally and help build continued awareness of the MSC-certified seafood program. Announcing the promotion with WWF and MSC and the arrival of the new product line at the European Seafood Exposition in Brussels, Bumble Bee President and CEO Chris Lischewski said that the company is committing thirteen cents per can, for a minimum of $1 million, to WWF from the sale of Wild Selections® products over the next five years.

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The Co-Operative's Lighter Wine Bottles Save Hundreds of Tons of Glass and CO2
The Co-Operative's Lighter Wine Bottles Save Hundreds of Tons of Glass and CO2

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - UK grocery chain The Co-operative has just announced significant reductions in the weight of its private label wine bottles. With the help of its supplier, Kingsland Wines and Spirits, the Co-operative achieved reductions that amounted to a savings of 725 metric tons of glass and 556 metrics tons of CO2. Not only does a major reduction such as this use fewer resources and save energy, the biggest reduction comes from having less weight to transport and therefore dramatically lower fuel costs. By the end of 2013, the Co-operative plans to reduce its packaging weights by a further 15% and increase its carrier bag reduction target to 75%.

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