Oxfam Calling on Major Supermarkets to Do More to End Human Suffering in Supply Chains

In its new campaign, Behind the Barcodes, Oxfam shines a light on the millions of women and men trapped in poverty and facing brutal working conditions while producing the food on our supermarket shelves In Ripe for Change, a corresponding report released today, Oxfam outlines how supermarkets, including Walmart, Kroger, Albertsons, Costco, Whole Foods and Ahold Delhaize — the parent company to US retailers such as Food Lion, Giant and Stop & Shop — are increasingly squeezing the price they pay their suppliers

How Driscoll’s Is Creating Shared Value in Berry Supply Chains

The buyer-supplier relationship is changing in more ways than you might imagine. Consumers and retailers are increasingly demanding that suppliers demonstrate their sustainability: How are buyers and suppliers collectively adapting to changes in the market, as well as labor and environmental pressures? My conversation with Kelley Bell, VP of social and environmental impact at Driscoll’s, provided insight into how large food brands are approaching these challenges and what the conversation is like

Hubbub’s ‘Meat Your Match’ Campaign Challenges Preconceptions Around Plant-Based Diets

Environmental charity Hubbub has launched a campaign that challenges male gym-goers to replace half of their animal-based protein with plant-based alternatives. Want to learn moreaboutCreating CampaignsThat EnableGood LifePrinciples?Check out ourSB’18 Vancouver program! Dubbed ‘Meat Your Match,’ the campaign is a collaboration with Nuffield gym, Nationwide, BaxterStorey and the Wellcome Trust. It will see participants provided with a Garmin fitness tracker and a consultation with a nutritional practitioner to create a personalized and accessible meal

Trending: Int’l Women’s Day Spawns Host of Social Impact Partnerships, Films, Campaigns

At a moment when the world is beginning to more fully acknowledge the power and voice of women, big name brands and organizations are using their influence — and some creative marketing — to shed light on issues such as the gender pay gap and the lack of opportunities for women in STEM. In celebration of International Women’s Day, HP Inc. has launched a short film and a series of new social impact programs and partnerships that aim to empower women and inspire them to unleash their creativity. Want to learn moreaboutRedesigning theMasculine-FeminineConversation?Check out ourSB’18 Vancouver program!

Trending: Food Industry Says Sayonara to Single-Use Plastics

The war against single-use plastics rages on as even more brands rise to the challenge of creating a plastic-free future. Online food delivery companies Just Eat and Deliveroo are the latest businesses to hop aboard the sustainable packaging bandwagon. Instead of automatically supplying each customer with plastic cutlery, straws and condiment packets, both brands are now allowing customers to opt out of these options. The move, which was prompted by a recent survey that found that 74 percent of consumers would prefer their takeout

Kashi Certified Transitional Program Increases 400% in Just 2 Years

Kashi continues to expand its Certified Transitional portfolio, today announcing that with the support of consumers, it will now source Certified Transitional ingredients from more than 4,200 acres of farmland across the US — a 400 percent increase since the start of the program in 2016. Participating farmers have received more than $1 million

Trending: Supermarkets, Government, the Queen Take Stand Against Single-Use Plastics

Plastic packaging continues on its downward spiral as supermarkets, government and even the Queen begin to explore more sustainable alternatives. Kiwi supermarket chain New World is setting a new standard for the food industry by drastically reducing the amount of plastic packaging stocking its shelves. A new refrigerated shelving system is being piloted at the chain’s Bishopdale, New Zealand store, which allows New World to display fresh produce without plastic packaging. Dubbed “Food in the Nude,” the project rolled out in January 2017 and New World Bishopdale

A Beating Heart for Sustainable Brewing: For the Many, Not the Few

A new study on Ontario’s craft beer industry takes a systems-wide approach to dealing with the sustainable growth challenge, and how we can deliver shared prosperity — with important insights for brewers and industry stakeholders everywhere. The brewing industry appears to be going all out for sustainability. This is good news: Brewing is a global industry generating a huge ecological footprint — ripe for

Budweiser Launches Label for Beers Brewed with 100 Percent Renewable Electricity

Budweiser is launching a new initiative to communicate its commitment to sustainability to consumers and kickstart an industry-wide movement. The AB InBev brand has created a renewable electricity symbol that indicates when its beer is brewed with 100 percent clean energy. The symbol will begin appearing on the label of every Budweiser

Trending: FDF, BBC Shed Light on the Future of Food

The future of food is one in which circularity and sustainability thrive, where waste is redefined as a valuable resource to be used again and again, supply chain collaboration is second nature and environmental and social impacts are minimal. Helping cultivate this future is the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the BBC, which are equipping key industry stakeholders with the necessary tools to achieve their sustainability ambitions and drawing attention to the pioneering retailers, farmers and producers driving the change. The Food and Drink Federation has released its annual sustainability progress

‘Speed Breeding’ Could Hold Key to the Future of Food Security

Between climate change and a rapidly expanding population, the future of food security is uncertain. Scientists at the John Innes Center, University of Queensland and University of Sydney have been working around the clock to develop a new “speed breeding” technique that could prove promising in helping feed the nine billion people excepted to inhabit this planet by 2050 in the face of unpredictable climatic conditions. According to researchers, the new system is capable of growing crops much faster than traditional breeding methods, with the possibility of producing six crops per year instead of one. This allows researchers to study plants

New Calculator Illustrates Extent, Environmental Impacts of US Meat Consumption

The US consumes more meat than any other country in the world. But what does this mean for consumers on a personal level? Blitz Results has created a new calculator that shows users the impact of their dietary decisions on the environment. The tool calculates the resources required for an individual’s consumption of meat, and provides users with a glimpse at how eating vegetarian alternatives can help drive down their impact. Over a period of 10 years, the average US consumer eats 2653 pounds of meat, the equivalent of 2.1 pigs, .7 cows and 288 chickens. The Meat Blitz-Calculator allows users to visualize how many animals were slaughtered for their dietary

The Soulfull Project Targets Food Insecurity with 1M Serving Donation Goal

Just one year after its launch, The Soulfull Project, a mission-driven startup dedicated to making high-quality, nutritious food more accessible to those in need, has pledged to donate one million servings of its signature nutrient-dense hot cereal to food banks across the country over the next two years. In order to combat hunger in local communities, The Soulfull Project operates on a unique buy one, give one business model, which sees the startup donate a serving of wholesome hot cereal to a local food bank for every serving purchased. “We designed the

Cargill, Techstars Aim to Future-Fit the Food System with Farm-to-Fork Accelerator

Cargill is betting on tech to future-fit the food system: the agricultural giant has partnered with Techstars and Ecolab to launch the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator in an effort to accelerate food industry innovation. Based in Minneapolis, MN, the Accelerator will kick off in the summer of 2018. “We are thrilled to welcome some of the brightest minds in food and ag tech into Cargill and

Trending: Local Solutions Could Hold the Key to Reducing Global Food Waste

While food industry giants and software companies have played an important role in creating solutions for reducing food waste, local community members are proving to be just as critical in driving the movement forward. Efforts to curb food waste in Europe, the UK and North America are on the rise, with new solutions

Trending: New Savvy Solutions for Redistributing Landfill-Bound Food in the UK

Around 7 million tons of food go to waste each year in the UK, but local startups and organizations are dreaming up new and noteworthy ways to tackle the growing problem. Action Hunger, a charity committed to alleviating poverty and hardship among the homeless, has created a novel solution for simultaneously providing essential items to those in need and diverting food from landfill: vending machines. The NGO launched the program in Nottingham, installing the world’s first-ever vending machine at the Intu shopping center

Trending: Food-Focused Tech Solutions Helping Slash Waste While Recouping Revenue

Food waste may be on the rise, but startups across the globe are developing new solutions to drive waste — and costs — down to an all-time low. With US food waste topping $200 billion a year, startup goMkt has developed a new food shopping platform designed to connect consumers with retailers offering special deals on food that would otherwise go to waste. Through its discounted “flash sales,” goMkt helps divert food from landfill while enabling businesses to recoup

Cargill, Techstars Launch Farm to Fork Accelerator to Future-Fit the Food System

Cargill is betting on tech to future-fit the food system: the agricultural giant has partnered with Techstars and Ecolab to launch the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator in an effort to accelerate food industry innovation. Based in Minneapolis, MN, the Accelerator will kick off in the summer of 2018. “We are thrilled to welcome some of the brightest minds in food and ag tech

Netflix’s ‘Rotten’ Exposes Waste, Fraud, Corruption in Food Industry

The food industry is in transition, with new technologies, programs and initiatives targeting everything from food waste to resource efficiency and traceability emerging almost daily to nudge the sector towards greater sustainability. Though symbols of progress, these advancements are just a drop in the ocean. Many consumers are still unaware of the issues affecting the global food system, which poses a considerable challenge to progress. With its new series, “Rotten,”

Latest Anheuser-Busch Initiative Aims to ‘Elevate’ Craft Beer Industry Sustainability

Craft beer has taken off over the past five years, with the industry now boasting over 6,000 craft breweries in the US alone, 700 of which opened in the past year. In order to continue this momentum, Anheuser-Busch (A-B) has launched Elevate, a new initiative that aims to take craft brewing to the next level

IBM, Walmart, JD Harness Blockchain Tech to Improve Food Transparency, Safety in China

IBM has announced that it is teaming up with Walmart, JD.com and Tsinghua University National Engineering Laboratory for E-Commerce Technologies to launch a Blockchain Food Safety Alliance to enhance food tracking, traceability and safety in China. The four organizations will work together to create a standards-based method of collecting data about the origin, safety and authenticity of food, using blockchain technology to provide real-time traceability throughout the supply chain. This will encourage accountability and give suppliers, regulators and

More Gifts That Keep on Giving: Sustainable Brands’ 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Sustainable products geeks rejoice, for ’tis once again the season of giving! And what better way to celebrate and participate than with gifts whose buying and giving creates more cheer, health, beauty and financial stability while eliminating waste, pollution and carbon emissions around the world? Here are just a few of our favorite discoveries this year of products we’d be proud to give. Waste Not Image credit: Bureo You know we’re big fans of upcycling, here at SB! Here are just a few of the waste-turned-products we loved this

KIND Launches Storytelling Campaign to Inspire Empathy, Kindness

Furthering its mission to create a kinder, healthier world — one snack at a time — KIND has launched a new video campaign that explores the courage it takes to be kind towards strangers in an effort to kindle a conversation about what it will take to overcome the issues currently dividing the US. The video release, in conjunction with a nationwide contest, is part of KIND’s effort to explore the differences between being “nice” and being “kind” — an oft overlooked distinction that has tangible implications