Sustainability In The Media

Walmart is the first retailer with a verified science-based target emissions-reduction plan. The company aims to reduce its absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 18 percent by 2025. The retailer will also work to reduce CO2e, or carbon dioxide equivalent, emissions from upstream and downstream Scope 3 sources by one billion tons (a gigaton) between 2015 and 2030.


Last week, the president signed an executive order to dismantle President Obama’s climate legacy and policies. The White House claims that these actions will help the economy in general, and coal workers in particular.

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As promised, Trump signed an executive order Tuesday to suspend, rescind or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures in an effort to boost domestic fossil fuel production, which environmental groups are planning to challenge in court, and which they hope Canada won’t follow.

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Canada's federal government released its 2017 budget yesterday. In it, Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector is identified as part of the government's plan to grow Canada's economy

The federal government released its budget yesterday and one of its highlights was Canada’s agri-food sector. The sector was named as one of six key areas that will benefit from a new national Innovation and Skills Plan.

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Food (including beverages) is the only major product category in which the United States maintains a positive trade balance with other countries, reflecting our nation's strong comparative advantage.

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Global market trends are also in Canada’s favour. By 2050, global food demand is expected to rise by 70 per cent on the back of three billion more middle-class consumers – mostly in Asia – whose diets are shifting, including to more protein. A sophisticated, ethnically diverse consumer base stimulates product development at home and, as the world seeks out food from places it trusts, Canada’s brand will become even more appealing to discriminating consumers both here and abroad.

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Cher Mereweather talks sustainable business strategy with Craft Brewers! 

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This is one of a series of interviews that started when Rosie Warin, CEO of culture and communications agency Kin&Co, began having conversations with high–profile, values–driven leaders of the ‘purpose revolution’ about the future of leadership. Each explores how these leaders got to where they are now, and what they think the future of values–driven leadership looks like.

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Today, Food and Beverage Ontario (FBO) – the food and beverage processing sector's professional organization – released a report addressing the serious impact rising electricity costs are having on food and beverage manufacturing businesses in the province.

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This bio-based material also could help brands push their bottled waters into the premium category, allowing them to charge more. Companies should create eye-catching packaging that details the bottle's sustainable materials to attract environmentally friendly consumers and differentiate themselves from other competitors on the shelf.

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations says the livestock sector is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.” The organization estimates that livestock production is responsible for 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions — though other groups put that estimate as high as 51%.


Bonduelle has agreed to acquire Ready Pac Foods, a U.S. producer of fresh meal solutions, salads and fresh cut produce, according to a company release. The move will help Bonduelle expand its fresh business to the U.S., an area where it has limited presence. Benefits for Ready Pac Foods include an anticipated larger level of investment in its growth, innovation and global reach.

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The perfect storm that’s hitting the food industry and spurring consolidation and product development changes among major food manufacturers has one big constituency to thank: millennials.

The 18-to-34-year-old demographic, in the midst of disrupting a variety of industries, is rewriting the script in the grocery sector.

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Monsanto Company today released its 2016 Sustainability Report, Growing Better Together. Highlights include Monsanto’s actions to help mitigate and adapt to climate change through collaborative efforts, the advancement of its biodiversity position and alignment of its work with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) has launched a new Future Scenarios Toolkit in an effort to provide informed future planning guidance. The toolkit offers companies a clear and robust framework to analyze potential future scenarios regarding impacts (social, environmental, governmental, etc.) to their business, their supply chain, and their production, as well as successfully prepare to tackle those scenarios.


Food processing machinery continues significant annual growth, increasing 11.3 percent, according to the 2017 Trends in Food Processing Operations report and accompanying infographic, “Food Processing Trends and Predictions for Tomorrow” from PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.


The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has revealed that its members, which include major brands such as Cadburys, Danone, and Kelloggs, have achieved a collective reduction of 46% in CO2 emissions since 1990, as the group builds on fresh targets for 2025.

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Fresh from chairing edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum last week, sustainable business advisor David Bent shares his three key insights from the event, which brought together ambitious professionals to discuss transformational change.

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Aside from country-specific trade agreements, opportunities for international commerce have become nearly seamless. But with international commerce comes accompanying regulations, especially for food and beverage manufacturers. In fact, the food and beverage industry continues to be one of the most regulated industries to ensure consumer health and safety.

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Every bite we take has carbon tax implications.
From farm to fork, food is responsible for about 25 per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. And every decision consumers make when selecting food impacts the environment.
Many want to do something about it.


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Despite the headway made, the end of the year (2016) brought serious uncertainty and fear about some gains being reversed. While we can expect progress on many fronts in 2017, in others, environmental advocates will have to cross their fingers. To that end, here are four highlights to watch in 2017 — the good, bad and the ugly.


Ontario is investing in the expansion of Canada’s largest fresh spinach packer, Burlington-based Ippolito Fruit and Produce Limited, a family-owned fresh produce supplier. This investment will assist Ippolito Fruit and Produce Limited with upgrades that will help to create sustainable jobs, expand export opportunities, and strengthen the province’s food and beverage processing sector.

Participants include:
Minister Eleanor McMahon; Joel Ippolito, President; Councillor Craven; Cher Mereweather, Provision Coalition



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The Carbon Trust Standard for Zero Waste to Landfill recognizes an organisation’s achievements in reducing its environmental impact by actively diverting its waste streams from landfill through reuse, recycling or recovery. You may wish to download the Carbon Trust Standard for Zero Waste to Landfill overview (PDF).


Provision Coalition submitted an article to the Alberta Food Processors Association. See page 13. 


Announced in October this year and launched on Monday earlier this week in Singapore, the Standards replace the current GRI G4 Guidelines, the most commonly used framework for sustainability reporting. Sustainability reporters have until July 1, 2018 to adopt the new Standards, after which the G4 Guidelines is no longer a valid reporting framework.

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The people, companies, trends and policies that reveal this transparency were the hallmark of 2016. As journalists, we love it when the facts are all out on the table, so we are presenting the 2016 Dive Awards for the food and beverage industry. Our awards come from research and work throughout the year. The winners were ultimately chosen by Food Dive's editors.

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15 U.S. businesses and organizations pledged to reduce food loss and waste in their operations 50 percent by 2030.  They include:  Ahold USA, Blue Apron, Bon Appétit Management Company, Campbell Soup Company, ConAgra Brands, Delhaize America, General Mills, Kellogg Company, PepsiCo, Sodexo, Unilever, Walmart, Wegman’s Food Markets, Weis Markets and YUM! Brands. Read the full article!

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A new made-in Saskatchewan video promoting Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations next year demonstrates the high tech nature of modern agriculture. Federal public servants using a drone, global positioning software, and agri-geomatics satellite data technology and a combine, cut the Canada 150 logo into a durham wheat field near Wilcox.

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“Food loss and waste is not just a pressing economic issue it has a direct connection to Canadian food security and environmental impact from wasted resources. Including food loss and waste in the federal government’s new food policy would go a long way to addressing this issue across the supply chain from farm to consumer,” says Cher Mereweather, executive director with Provision Coalition.

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With a recent report on CBC pertaining to food waste, Cher was invited to have a conversation on 610CKTB - the Larry Fedoruk Show on October 25, 2016.  

Have a listen!

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Joint Declaration Between the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the United Mexican States, the Government of Ontario, and the Gouvernement du Québec

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Consumer demand for product transparency is on the rise, and brands that fulfill this demand by providing comprehensive product information are poised to grow market share and revenue. In fact, Label Insight's 2016 Transparency ROI Study reveals that nearly 9 in 10 consumers say transparency is important to them across every food product category, and 40 percent say they would switch to a new brand if it offered full product transparency.

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Consumer goods giant Unilever has announced that it will not reinstate the Malaysian palm oil supplier group IOI as a contractor until "tangible progress" is made evident of the groups desire to implement a new ethical sustainability action plan.

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Participate in the Red Tape Challenge and help us identify the business regulations that need to be updated, improved or eliminated. We are currently consulting on regulations that apply to the food processing sector, but we welcome your ideas even if you work in another field.

Provision participated at the Italpasta launch on August 2, 2016. Learn more about the Cut Red Tape Challenge:

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“Stewardship of the land, water and air has been a hallmark of our farmers for generations, and we’re excited to announce a new step forward to serve our members and customers even better, and ultimately, continue our commitment to preserving our resources,” said Chris Policinski, president and chief executive officer of Land O’Lakes, Inc.

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Considering that food waste is a substantial economic drain on the nation's economy, the area should be ripe for potential intervention. While an estimated 40 per cent of all food produced in the country ended up in the bin, a 2013 report from the Guelph-based Provision Coalition found a lack of sufficient existing data on the sources and causes of food waste in Canada. The report's authors also lamented that many businesses were unaware of the amount of food they waste or its real impact on their profitability. Canada's private, public, and social sectors can and should be doing more to fight food waste.


In 2010, a report by the Value Chain Management Centre, called “Food Waste in Canada”, followed by a 2013 report commissioned by Guelph, Ontario’s Provision Coalition, called “Developing an Industry Led Approach to Addressing Food Waste in Canada”, both came to the conclusion that the annual cost of food waste in Canada amounted to $27 billion.

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One solution to reducing that waste may be "hyperspectral chemical imaging technology for production line grading and sorting of leafy greens, carrots and potatoes," reports Food in Canada, a food and beverage processing industry publication. 

The initiative is a collaboration between Ippolito Fruit & Produce, Riga Farms, EarthFresh Foods and Amazing Grains working with Ontario chemical imaging company P&P Optica and industrial equipment company Axiom Millwrighting & Fabrication. The University of Guelph and Conestoga College will be in charge of testing the technology's effectiveness. 


The Action Plan states that the Government is seeking to build on Ontario’s new climate change legislation and to ensure the proceeds of cap-and-trade system (estimated to be C$1.8-billion per year) are invested into green projects.


Andrew Winston, author of The Big Pivot, discusses the aggressive targets both Kellogg's and are taking with climate change in this blog post.

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A partnership of leading international organizations is launching the Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard at the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) 2016 Summit in Copenhagen. 


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It’s a project of the Sustainable Farm and Food Coalition Steering Committee with support of the province’s major farm groups and the food industry’s Provision Coalition.

Consultant Bronwynne Wilton says the definition of sustainability they’re working with is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

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Food Manufacturing is one of few sectors likely to grow as Canada transitions to knowledge-based economy according to Globe & Mail

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Solution-based innovative thinking is currently at work through a collaborative research partnership formed between Ippolito Fruit and Produce, P&P Optica, and Provision Coalition. Learn more!

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Supermarkets across the world are taking measures to gain the status of zero waste. From eliminating packaging to offering mostly locally sourced food items, these 10 supermarkets are paving the path for the future of sustainable grocery shopping.

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New entrepreneurs in southern Ontario will benefit from an investment of up to $4.84 million in Bioenterprise Corporation announced yesterday by Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph.

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Pleased to see Unilever and others taking a stand and walking the talk!


By 2050, it is estimated there will be 9.6 billion people to feed around the globe. The food and beverage business environment of today is concerned with more than just a positive bottom line; success is interconnected with the long-term health of people, communities and the natural environment.


For those companies in the middle of an organizational mind shift, new strategies for increasing employment engagement and valuing contributions to local communities are available. Watch the upside of making changes to company culture

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Cargill vice president of environment, health and safety Al Johnson said: “Working in collaboration with NGOs and others on land use and water resources is part of our commitment to be a trusted sustainability partner to our customers and communities. It underscores our ongoing efforts to finding practical solutions to environmental and social challenges.”


Food prices set to rise in 2016 as weak loonie takes a bigger bite

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(Woodstock) – September 15, 2015 – The Farm, Food & Beyond: Our Commitment to Sustainability initiative, was launched by farm and food industry leaders today in a special presentation on the opening day at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock.