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Why "planet-based diets" are key to meeting agricultural emissions goals

4 May 2021 | Ben Cooper

Does a broader concept of a "planet-based diet" hold the key to achieving emissions cuts consistent with the Paris climate goals? We explore the implications for food companies. ... read more


The challenges facing Big Food on net-zero

30 April 2021 | David Burrows

The commitments being made by members of Big Food on net-zero has led to some optimism but there is likely to be scrutiny of their efforts and progress. David Burrows reports. ... read more


US, UK, EU – comparing the new 2030 climate targets

29 April 2021 | Dave Keating

The UK's emissions reduction target would see a faster decline than the EU and US – but working out who has the policies to deliver on their targets is no easy task. ... read more


Reformulating the alphabet soup of ESG reporting

28 April 2021 | Ben Cooper

Progress is underway on standards for sustainability reporting, with implications for manufacturers that have led the way on sustainability and those that have dragged their feet. ... read more


Hatching new ideas – Big Food's incubator and accelerator programmes

27 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

Our guide to some of the main incubators and accelerators operated by major food manufacturers as they look to tap into some of the consumer trends shaping demand. ... read more


Why 'Clean Plate' must only be part of China's war on food waste

23 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

Although China has seen a decline in population growth, food security remains a key issue. We look at Clean Plate, a strategy by the country to tackle food waste. ... read more


Biodiversity loss – why food companies should say something

22 April 2021 | Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper looks at how food companies can engage with consumers about the loss of biodiversity and the degree to which consumers are likely to be tuning in. ... read more


Moving on up – upcycling in the US

22 April 2021 | Dean Best

A year of three meals a day indoors has brought home the issue of food loss and waste to more consumers and the emerging upcycled-food industry believes this is its moment. ... read more


Carbon emissions and fiscal measures – a taxing problem for UK food

21 April 2021 | David Green

Food manufacturers, retailers and governments are announcing moves to net-zero. With food a quarter of GHG emissions, could the fiscal system also be part of the solution? ... read more


Eyeing alternatives – meat companies with stakes in meat-free and cell-based meat

20 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

With plant-based products growing in popularity and investment in lab-created products on the rise, we present a guide on how meat manufacturers are investing in the area. ... read more


How might lessons learnt from Covid influence food company strategy?

6 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Simon Harvey assesses what food manufacturers can take forward from their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic. ... read more


How data shows companies believe cutting CO2 emissions is good for business

19 March 2021 | Nick Ferris

Companies are increasingly convinced reducing carbon emissions can have a positive impact on market demand, reputation and even supply chains. ... read more


Where now for Danone after Faber's departure?

16 March 2021 | Andy Coyne

In the wake of Emmanuel Faber's departure from Danone, Andy Coyne weighs up what might be the priorities for those set to take the helm of the French food and beverage giant. ... read more


What will attract consumers to 'hybrid' meat products?

8 March 2021 | David Burrows

As more consumers become interested in the sustainability of what they eat, what role can 'hybrid' products made from meat and veg play? Early launches haven't always succeeded. ... read more


What are the prospects for vertical farming in Europe?

16 December 2020 | David Green

The first phase of construction on Europe's largest vertical farm was completed and the companies behind the site are confident about the sector's outlook, David Green writes. ... read more


A "moral obligation" ... and "future-proofing" the company – Nestle's mission on emissions

9 December 2020 | Dean Best

The world's largest food maker has caught the eye with the announcement of its plan to go "net zero". We canvass reaction from campaign and investor circles. ... read more


Why there'll be no return to business as usual for global food industry in 2021

1 December 2020 | Ben Cooper

We reflect on the sustainability issues facing the industry in 2021. Might there be a shift in how long-standing challenges facing the global food system are addressed? ... read more


Reusable packaging – from green to grubby and back again?

23 November 2020 | David Burrows

Covid boosted single-use packaging, causing concern progress on reusables had been dented. However, high-profile trials are taking place. What lies ahead for reuse and refill? ... read more


Dirty vegan to clean label – the questions facing plant-based products, ingredients and nutrition

5 November 2020 | David Burrows

Questions about the processing behind plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy are growing. Is the criticism justified or is the buoyant industry being unfairly targeted? ... read more


Why new industry deforestation coalition could be positive move

22 October 2020 | Ben Cooper

With an emphasis on stakeholder engagement and information sharing, the new Forest Positive Coalition of Action could be an effective driver of change. ... read more


How sustainable is non-plastic packaging?

24 September 2020 | David Burrows

When it comes to packaging, the focus of policy-makers, businesses and campaign groups has been on disposable plastic. But are the 'plan B' packaging options any good? ... read more


Nestle revitalises acquisition agenda as frozen food business appears safe for now – analysis

10 September 2020 | Simon Harvey

Nestlé spoke at an investor event held by Barclays this week, with M&A, frozen foods and sustainability key topics. Simon Harvey looks at what the company had to say. ... read more


How has Covid-19 shaped consumers' views on packaging?

20 July 2020 | Jessica Paige

Covid-19 concerns have swayed how consumers are using packaging and buying products. However, research suggests sustainability remains a factor for a notable cohort of shoppers. ... read more


How might Covid-19 affect food supply chains?

15 July 2020 | Ben Cooper

Post-Covid-19, governments are likely support agriculture to bolster food security, while manufacturers seek resilience by decentralising output and strengthening local supply. ... read more


How could Covid-19 change how we think about food?

11 May 2020 | Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper looks at the possible lasting effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on consumer attitudes to food and on the global food system. ... read more


Danone Q1 sales update and adapting to Covid-19 - six things to learn

21 April 2020 | Dean Best

Danone's Q1 sales beat expectations, boosted by Covid-19 pantry-loading. However, the Alpro maker withdrew its financial guidance for 2020, which weighed on its share price. ... read more


Why food companies have to get soy sorted

16 April 2020 | Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper looks at the challenge manufacturers face in putting their soy supply chains on a sustainable footing and why it's so important to them and the planet that they succeed. ... read more


If and when it has time, the UK must ponder its post-Brexit biotech options

24 March 2020 | Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper ponders where the UK might go on GM regulation after the end of the Brexit transition period and what that may mean for UK-based food manufacturers. ... read more


Can vertical farming ever become mainstream?

28 January 2020 | Simon Harvey

Simon Harvey investigates whether vertical farming – growing fresh produce in a controlled environment – can become well-established in the market. ... read more


Should the UK take new approach to novel foods post-Brexit?

22 January 2020 | Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper reports from an industry event in London to weigh up whether the UK should change its stance on novel foods once the country leaves the EU. ... read more


Milking demand for alternatives - US oat-based dairy deep dive, part one

21 January 2020 | Andy Coyne

In the first of a two-part feature, Andy Coyne charts the emergence of the market for oat-based dairy alternatives in the US. ... read more


What could be the drivers behind food M&A in 2020?

20 December 2019 | Simon Harvey

Simon Harvey looks at what potentially might drive M&A activity in the packaged food industry in 2020. ... read more


Climate change set to define sustainability agenda in 2020

26 November 2019 | Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper looks at how climate concerns will not only top the sustainability agenda in 2020 but pervade many other areas of concern. ... read more


How meat and dairy are countering criticism on climate

18 November 2019 | David Burrows

In the past 12 months the meat and dairy industries have been under fierce scrutiny for their roles in climate change. David Burrows reports on how they are trying to counter. ... read more


Keeping it real – plotting the likely UK food industry trends of 2020

12 November 2019 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne asks key UK food industry influencers and analysts for their predictions of what we are likely to see in the sector in 2020. ... read more


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