Blog: Dean BestCould thinking green reduce food costs?

Dean Best | 13 May 2008

just-food has travelled north of the border today to hear the latest on that most complex of current issues - sustainability.

Food manufacturers, retailers and government officials are in Edinburgh to discus how to make the supply chain more sustainable.

The event is being hosted by the Scottish branch of the Food and Drink Federation, which has been proactive in getting its manufacturing members to think more about the environment.

With the industry facing soaring costs, it would be easy to think that green issues could be sidelined. Manufacturers might believe that adopting greener working practices could add to an already mounting cost base.

However, rising costs and sustainability are two isues that are dovetailing like never before. Thinking and acting green can in fact help manufacturers reduce costs, be it more efficient distribution, reducing packaging or greater energy efficiency.

Neverthelesss, when facing such complex isues and wide-ranging challenges, a collaborative approach from industry is key.

The tricky bit is: how do you convince rival firms to roll up their sleeves and work together? It will be fascinating to hear the thoughts of those holed up in an Edinburgh hotel this morning.....


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