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Starbucks Canada announces the launch of Starbucks FoodShare, a national effort to provide nourishing, ready-to-eat meals to people in need. The company is making a commitment to rescue 100 percent of food available for donation from its more than 1,100 company-owned stores.

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A rapidly growing urban population and increased consumer awareness regarding sustainability are prompting food & beverage companies and manufacturers to employ digital solutions to ensure product quality. Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies such as Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are expected to play a huge role in accelerating and streamlining the manufacturing process through advanced automation and analytics.

Canada’s new food guide emphasizes eating plants, drinking water and cooking at home

Canada’s long-anticipated revised food guide was released Tuesday morning, and it has some big changes from previous guidance on healthy eating. As hinted at in public consultations and draft documents, the new guide does away with the four food groups and advice on the number of servings to eat each day – something even Health Canada says people found confusing in the last food guide.

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More than half of all food produced in Canada is wasted, with the food industry putting the vast majority of it into landfills, according to a new study.


Recommendations for healthy eating based on sustainable food choices have been published by the World Health Organization (WHO): “Food manufacturers have a big role at all levels,” says the director of nutrition for health and development.


Canada's Food Guide is getting its first major overhaul in more than a decade. The update has been in the works for years, and is set to be released in the coming months.

Eight Toronto-based Initiatives Fighting Food Waste

Canada is one of the biggest wasters of food on the planet. Each year, the country produces 396 kilograms of food waste per capita, amounting to over $31 billion in lost product. While one city can’t end an entire country’s food waste, Toronto’s citizen entrepreneurs are working to end the problem at the local level. Here are eight citizen-led initiatives that are leading the battle against food waste in Toronto!

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The developer of ReMe Basket, an android application, which reminds the user of the expiry date of the food items in the fridge. It also gives recipe suggestions based on the same items if the goods have gone past the date so that the food does not go to waste. 

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Scores were calculated for 67 countries and factored in three categories: Food loss and waste, sustainable agriculture, and nutritional challenges.

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When asked who’s most responsible for reducing Canada’s food loss and waste, a hefty majority of Canadians point the finger at themselves. But they’d like more information about how to do it according to new research by the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CCFI) that looked at attitudes about the topic, the part consumers play and what would help them reduce their household food waste.

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With one in five deaths associated with poor-quality diets, a policy brief launched today urges policymakers to prioritize the reduction of food loss and waste as a way of improving people's access to nutritious and healthy food.

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If everyone on the planet wanted to eat a healthy diet, there wouldn't be enough fruit and vegetables to go around, according to a new University of Guelph study. A team of researchers compared global agricultural production with nutritionists' consumption recommendations and found a drastic mismatch.

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It's not just about how much we eat, but about how much we throw away. The researchers found that cutting food waste in half would reduce the environmental impacts of agriculture by 16 percent.

Tackling food waste is a $700 billion opportunity.

As food waste increases by 33 per cent in the next 10 years, current efforts should include tapping into recent technologies including the use of biotech tools, University of Illinois’ Esther Ngumbi writes.

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Three years into a project to halve food loss and waste, a group of sustainable food champions from around the world are tracking progress toward this fast-approaching target. And they have found that the private sector has seized the opportunity to tackle food loss and waste.

 A Canadian Food Policy Moves Closer to Becoming a Reality

Food experts across the country grew excited when we learned that mandate letters for both the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food and the Minister of Health required the policy to be holistic, comprehensive and co-ordinated.

Supply Chains Could Help Spare $270B of Food Waste with A Few Fixes

Inadequate infrastructure, a dearth of efficiency effort targeted a reducing loss and waste, little collaboration across the value chain and lacking regulations are all to blame for supply chains' slow progress in reducing food waste.

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Schneider Electric has unveiled that it is developing a new end-to-end tractability tool for food and beverage supply chains.

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August first marks Earth Overshoot Day, the date when humanity consumes more from nature than the planet can renew in a year. The urgent need to "move to the date" back is clear and edie explains how businesses can help by reinvigorating approaches to corporate sustainability.

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Nestlé is turning to blockchain technology to ensure the safety of their supply chain, particularly narrowing in on the ingredients that go into the baby food purees and pouches produced by Gerber.

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The inconvenience Store is stocked with donated produce that would otherwise be thrown away. "The idea was to make a difference in the food waste crisis," project coordinator Astrid Ryan said. Customers can pay as much or as little as they can or want.

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The Healthy Ecosystem Metric concept, from the Natural Capital Impact Group, aims to help companies across all sectors improve their long-term sustainability efforts by assigning value to natural resources such as water and clean air.

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For the first time ever, McDonald’s 3 million daily guests will soon be able to enjoy Angus beef sourced from farms and ranches certified sustainable according to world-class standards set by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB).

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When bad food gets into the supply chain, regulators must figure out what went wrong, yet no company, industry group or government agency has a complete picture of how fruit, meat or other foods move from field to fork. Companies are required to record just a few steps in their supply chains and some still keep information on paper.

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If we want a food system that is efficient, sustainable and promotes health, then we should protect supply management vehemently and even expand it to other foods. That means confronting the myths about this system that are bandied about like fact.

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Canadian consumers have a chance to know how seafood retailers are living up to their sustainable commitments thanks to a new online resource, Seafood Progress, which launched on Monday.

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According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), a third of the world’s food output is lost or wasted between the time it is produced and the time it is consumed. Phenix helps companies to reduce waste by tapping into the potential of what they throw away.

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Don’t toss that yogurt cup even if it’s a few days past its best-before date, says a national study on reducing Canada’s colossal food waste. The National Zero Waste Council says confusing and unnecessary best-by labels are a major cause of food waste in Canada.

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Riding on the popularity of e-commerce in Singapore, e-commerce startup Twentyoff wants to reshape consumption habits by encouraging bulk purchasing, which it says is more environmentally friendly.

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New analysis on Carbon Pricing would reduce greenhouse gas pollution by between 80 and 90 million tonnes in 2022. This is equivalent to taking between 23 and 26 million passenger vehicles off the road for one year!

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New report on impacts of  Food Loss + Waste. Every year, North Americans throw away enough food to feed 260 million people. See the website for more facts and figures about what causes food loss + waste and what are the estimated impacts.


Residents queue to fill water bottles at a natural water spring in Cape Town, South Africa, a city that may soon have to shut off its taps due to a severe water shortage. Many more cities than Cape Town face an uncertain future over water. But there are emerging solutions.


On January 30, 2018, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) released her 2017 Greenhouse Gas Progress Report, Ontario’s Climate Act: From Plan to Progress, to the Ontario Legislature. The report details the first year of cap and trade and ways to improve.


Canada's global reputation for cleantech innovation is on the rise. A 2017 study from one of the sector's premier research organizations, Cleantech Group, ranked Canada fourth in the world as a clean-technology innovator. Canada has become much better at developing and commercializing technologies that help reduce our environmental footprint.


Every year analysts from Innova Market Insights, who has one of the largest food industry databases, put together a list of what new food and beverage products will be hitting big in the coming year. Predictions include products with greater health benefits and ones that have ethical packaging and an awareness around food waste.


New reports reveal that two-thirds of residential food waste in three United States cities is edible while 68 million more meals could be donated to people in need annually in these same cities. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) worked in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation to examine the amount and kinds of food waste in Denver, Nashville, and New York City to identify opportunities to tackle food waste.


At the One Planet Summit in Paris, leaders across the Americas, including the Canadian federal government and provincial Premiers, have pledged to step up the use of carbon pricing as a key instrument of economic and environmental policy to reduce carbon emissions.


Two years after the Paris Agreement was signed, world leaders will come together for a One Planet Summit to take collective and tangible action, innovate, and support one another. The President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, the President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, will address international leaders and committed citizens from around the world.

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In such a dynamic business environment, it goes without saying that the sustainability sector will have to adapt and evolve in tandem. Those of us working in the field need to prepare now to ensure our careers are 2020-ready, and boards and HR teams need to get their house in order to guarantee their edge in the fight for talent. Here are five of the most important skills for future that we all need to take note of now, with a sustainability lens - learn more!

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Results released from a recent nationwide poll conducted by Food Policy Action and the Grocery Manufacturers Assn. (GMA) show that nearly three in five Americans have debated or discussed with a spouse or significant other about whether or not to throw out food based on food date labels.

“It happens in my house all the time: One of us wants to throw something out because the date on the label has passed, and someone else thinks it’s still good,” said Tom Colicchio, Food Policy Action co-founder, chef and food advocate. "There is no federal standard for date labeling on food, and the confusion from the inexact patchwork system leads to wasting food that is perfectly safe to eat.”


In its annual Palm Oil Action Plan Progress Report, the global food and beverage company disclosed that 89 percent of the palm oil it expects to use during 2017 has been traced to the mill level, up from 65 percent in 2015. PepsiCo has also taken steps to extend traceability beyond the mill to plantation level across its entire palm oil supply chain, which it aims to achieve by 2020.

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Food waste and agriculture contribute considerably to greenhouse gas emissions, making farm and market-level interventions imperative in order to reduce impacts. Together with the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and the Walmart Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund has launched a new research program geared at maximizing crop utilization and edible food recovery.


The real test for a sustainable Singapore, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli, will be "whether we will do the right thing for the environment, even when no one is looking and there is no regulation".


The Walmart Foundation today announced that it is making $1.87 million CAD ($1.5 million USD) available to fund proposals from eligible non-profit organizations working to reduce food waste in Canada. The Walmart Foundation is seeking proposals from qualified organizations that have experience in formulating, proposing, and implementing food waste reduction efforts. Requests between $250,000 and $1,000,000 (USD) will be considered.


“The future of sustainability will depend, as always, on the supreme importance of conservation and putting repurposing, reusing, reducing, and refusing to use” Culhane says. “But living on a planet with seven billion people churning out wastes actually gives us a great opportunity to transform this valuable raw material into unlimited clean energy.”


Join me for Provision Coalition’s Sustainability Round Table Series at Food Starter where we will roll up our sleeves and look at how you can take action to embed sustainability into your business. I will be reviewing Provision’s on-line Sustainability Management System tools and resources that are easy to access and available at no cost. Together we will walk through how to use the tools and build benchmarks for your new business.


Provision Coalition is Canada’s premier food and beverage manufacturer sustainability organization. At Provision, the latest sustainability advances, resources and solutions are shared with food and beverage businesses across Canada. Provision is committed to reducing the food and beverage manufacturing sector’s environmental footprint, improving employment culture and strengthening business competitiveness. This work is benefiting people and communities across the country. See the infographic.

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Provision Coalition has partnered with Loblaw Companies to pilot a new sustainability program for Ontario's food and beverage manufacturers


Still In:
States: 12 committed, plus Puerto Rico, representing 18.1% of U.S. emissions and 36% of U.S. GDP
Cities: 247, representing 59 million Americans, from 38 states (including 25 state capitals)
Businesses: Hundreds of companies, including about 34 Fortune 1000 companies, plus some well-known private giants.
Universities: 183 schools

Read more on Andrew's blog!

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“The world we live in is facing profound social and environmental challenges, as we seek to sustainably feed a burgeoning global population,” says Maple Leaf president and CEO, Michael H. McCain in a statement.

“Our food system has drifted from its roots, to nourish wellbeing, to farm sustainably, to view food as a universal good for all. We must serve the world better.”


Today at the World Circular Economy Forum the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) released its CEO Guide to the Circular Economy.

The Guide – developed in cooperation with Accenture and signed by 14 CEOs from companies including Unilever, Danone and Tata – aims to give CEOs and business leaders the tools they need to implement circular economy principles.


A trialogue between the European Council, Commission and Parliament commenced on Wednesday (31 May) to set out the policy frameworks for the next 14 years of European food waste action plans, and campaigners are urging the negotiators to “up their ambition”. EURACTIV’s media partner reports.

Negotiations regarding the European Union’s food waste policy are likely to continue for two months. It will define whether legally-binding farm-to-fork targets will be introduced to member states, although the Commission and the Council are lobbying for relaxed legislation.


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About 40 percent of food in Canada is wasted, said Cher Mereweather of the Provision Coalition. That translates into $31 billion worth of food a year, or two percent of Canada’s gross domestic product. She said 47 percent of the waste happens in households and 20 percent in manufacturing and processing.

Her group’s mission is to help companies reduce waste at the source by first reducing the amount of surplus food that is generated and then feeding the needy through donations of excess food supplies. The rest would be fed to animals through food scraps, anaerobic digestion would tackle industrial waste and landfills would be used only as a last resort, she said.


On April 12th the Provision Coalition hosted Canada’s 2017 Food Loss + Waste Forum. The day was full of interesting facts and important discussions around food waste. It was inspiring to see representatives of so many different companies and organizations taking an interest in food waste reduction.

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Flashfood, a mobile app allowing grocery locations to sell surplus food directly to consumers at a massive discount prior to discarding, has partnered with Longo's in downtown Toronto for a 3-month beta to reduce their food waste.

Flashfood users see deals on perfectly good surplus food on their phone, usually with 3 days to a month until the best before date, at massively reduced prices. Users get notified on their phone when new deals are available, pay through their phone, and pick their purchase up at the Flashfood zone in store – same day. Flashfood users then check out just like they normally would while at the store.


Proposed Changes to Workplace Regulations will Hurt Economic Opportunities for Ontarians - Food and Beverage Ontario responds to Ontario Government panel

GUELPH, ON, May 17, 2017 /CNW/ - Food and Beverage Ontario (FBO) – the food and beverage processing sector's non-profit leadership organization – responded today to the provincial government's Changing Workplaces Review initiative with the report, Putting Good Jobs in a Precarious Situation.


“The performance of this sector speaks to its resilience, as well as its ability to innovate and adapt to the changing consumer markets,” Gervais said. “Food is a global industry and Canada’s reputation as a consistent producer of high-quality, safe agriculture commodities and manufactured food products plays a significant role in our success.”

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Public trust […] is the biggest issue we see as a potential barrier to market access, but at the same time it can create opportunity. […] We’re seeing a shift towards transparency in both the product input — all of the ingredients and elements that go into the product — and the outputs along the supply chain […] This drives a need for collaboration and information sharing like we’ve never seen before across the supply chain. (Cher Mereweather, Executive Director of the Provision Coalition, 2 June 2016) (Page 3)

Also see page 32 of the report for another quote from Cher Mereweather.


The Canadian government has announced plans to invest C$120,000 to support the Canadian Food Innovators (CFI) science cluster in its efforts to connect food and beverage makers to resources available through research centres, universities and food technology centres.


We are pleased to share with you some video segments from Canada's 2017 Food Loss + Waste Forum | Finding Solutions in case you missed it!

Keynote Presentation: Food Waste Reduction Solutions, Best Practices and Business Case - Eva Goulbourne

Panel 1 - Real World Case Studies: Food Waste Reduction Solutions in the Manufacturing Sector

Panel 2 - Real World Case Studies: Food Waste Reduction Solutions through Packaging

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One hundred days is an arbitrary amount of time in which to assess any presidential administration’s progress and promises, ambitions and aspirations. But ever since FDR, it’s something Americans do to rate both the progress and proficiency of their President and those within the executive branch of government. Now that we have recently met the Trump Administration’s hundred-day marker, journalists and pundits — much like myself — are busy analyzing, handicapping, critiquing, measuring, and generally grading the new White House’s performance.


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.