Fresh investments in Koa allow it to scale-up sustainable cocoa drive in Ghana

Founded in 2017, Koa is disrupting the cocoa industry through its innovative upcycling of the cocoa fruit. Koa is the first company in West Africa to have unlocked a new value chain around the so-far-discarded cocoa pulp. Working closely with cocoa smallholders, Koa reduces on-farm food waste around the cocoa fruit and generates additional farmer … Read more

Food producers score poorly on the European consumers’ trust meter

Consumers express concerns about the environmental impact of the food system, with only 37% believing the food created today is sustainable. The majority of Europeans are hesitant when it comes to new innovations, highlighting an urgent need for the industry to do more to promote confidence. Transparency is a major issue for Europeans, with only … Read more

German confectionery companies face collapse if regulations not lifted

With, energy, agricultural raw materials, packaging, and transport prices rising sharply, the Federal Association of the German Confectionery Industry (BDSI) says the Ukraine war is now drastically exacerbating the situation, to an extent that it could lead to production – including food – coming to a standstill. Gas is the most important energy source for … Read more

How the craft bakery sector can capitalise in trending consumer behaviours in 2022

The past two years have been a rollercoaster, and the craft baking industry has felt the impact as much as the rest of society – however, in many instances, this has had a positive spin. “Our regular member surveys suggest the craft bakery sector is enjoying a generally upward trend, despite the challenges of the … Read more

Women-driven partnership spearheads ‘food system renaissance’ with upcycled vegan cookies

Debuting at Natural Product Expo West (9-12 March), Renewal Mill’s Salted Peanut Butter Cookies are made with upcycled Miyoko’s Creamery European Style Cultured Vegan Butter and Renewal Mill’s flagship okara flour, a gluten-free flour made from pulp leftover from soymilk production. True to its mission to reduce food waste and create a circular food economy, … Read more

PepsiCo LatAm transitions to GHG-busting plastic alternative made from household waste

The adoption of UBQ material is aligned with PepsiCo’s Positive (pep+) mission​​ that puts sustainability at the heart of its business, with a global goal to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040. UBQ material is the world’s first bio-based thermoplastic made entirely of unsorted municipal solid waste, including mixed plastics, paper, cardboard and organics. … Read more

Ramping up the bakery waste message

WRAP’s 2021 report highlighted that around a third of all food produced is lost or wasted, contributing 8%-10% of overall manmade greenhouse gasses. However, it also noted the bakery industry is striving to change this playing field, banding together to redistribute around 13,000 tons of food waste both charitably and commercially between 2015 and 2022. … Read more