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Sustainability

The days are gone when beverage firms could simply pay lip service to the word sustainability. There's clear ethical, political and public pressure to act, by reducing one's CO2 emissions, cutting energy and water use, and working with local communities to lessen the impact of production. Then there's packaging - lightweighting, recyclability and bio-based options such as Coca-Cola's PlantBottle are trending.

Liquid Light to create MEG from CO2 for The Coca-Cola Company PlantBottle Packaging Program

Liquid Light has signed an agreement with The Coca-Cola Company for its technology to create mon-ethylene glycol (MEG) from CO2 as part of the consumer-packaged goods (CPG) firm PlantBottle Packaging...

Sidel to change the way it manufactures bottles from high pressure blowing to ‘blow and form’, which uses lower pressure

Sidel claims the beverage industry could be more sustainable, with a stronger focus on the package and packaging technologies to deliver completely green products.

Nestlé Waters North America debuts its first 100% rPET bottle in the US

Resource Natural Spring Water has announced the debut of its 100% recycled plastic (rPET) bottle, excluding the cap and label, to decrease post-consumer waste.   

PepsiCo's Brazilian sugar sourcing audit falls short of expectations: Oxfam

PepsiCo’s new report on its sugarcane supply chain in Brazil and the impact it has on land rights has been welcomed with caution and some critique by Oxfam.

Desert-inspired flavours and water-saving innovation: How climate change will shape the food industry

The water crisis affecting the food industry is set to get worse –  but food companies are finding ways to overcome it, say experts.

‘Despite the fact nearly all of our packaging is recyclable, it is often not recycled’

CCE will have all cardboard and corrugated packaging FSC certified by the end of 2015

‘Despite the fact nearly all of our packaging is recyclable, it is often not recycled’, says Coca-Cola Enterprises’ (CCE’s) in its 10th annual Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) Report.

Redesign on PET bottle blowers to be rolled out to 10 sites in 2015

Coca-Cola to invest in improved energy-efficient equipment as part of its 2020 Sustainability Plan

Coca-Cola Enterprises’ (CCE’s) has released its 10th annual Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) Report, providing an update on its Sustainability Plan and replacing CCE’s 2013/2014 CRS Report.

Coca-Cola creates PET bottle made entirely from plants – but when will we see it on shelves?

The Coca-Cola Company has unveiled a PET bottle made completely from plant materials, but says there is still some work to do before it reaches a commercial scale. 

Celebrating biodiversity with certified herbal teas

The first certified herbal teas in a biodiversity partnership have gone in sale in Germany this month.

Australia

Wine school will study viniculture advances in face of climate change

A wine research centre that will help the industry face up to challenges posed by climate change, water restrictions and changing consumer preferences has been launched at the University of...

What can companies actually do to fight the global water crisis?

The WWF report offers industry a five-step plan to tackle global water scarcity and holds up certain food and drink companies for their best practice.

Food industry unprepared for water shortages

The food industry – the most water-intensive business on earth - is unprepared for global water shortages, according to a report which ranks the best and worst offending companies for...

Coca-Cola and Danone take the lead on biobased packaging

Wageningen UR to launch public-private partnership on biobased food packaging

Wageningen UR is looking for companies to jointly launch a public-private partnership to answer questions about what consumers want in terms of biobased packaging of food products and how this...

Guilt-free coffee: Compostable pods will appeal to many consumers, says Copper Moon Coffee

The amount of waste created by used coffee pods worries not just the die-hard eco-friendly, but coffee lovers at large, says US coffee roaster and packager Copper Moon Coffee. 

Nearly 70% of CEOs worldwide value sustainability

Nearly seven in ten CEOs worldwide see the value of sustainability but only two out of ten (21%) companies are leveraging the full potential of sustainability practices, says a report.

Sidel on Share a Coke, beverage personalisation, and adaptable printing runs

Consumers want product personalisation: How must packaging processes adapt?

Beverage brands are constantly looking for ways to personalise products for consumers – placing new demands on packaging, says Sidel.

Firm is looking to expand outside the US and build partnerships in Europe

Icebox has a spring in its step with 250ml Elopak Mini Pure-Pak Diamond cartons

Icebox is launching its Canadian Spring water in Elopak 250ml Mini Pure-Pak Diamond cartons this month.

CPIA sees plastic packaging recycling rise by 9%

‘Plastics recycling industry in North America is an important element in the circular economy’

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) has seen a 9% rise in plastic packaging recycling in 2013 compared to 2012, collecting over 311 million kg of post-consumer packaging.

News in brief

Ardagh Group saves €116k a year on energy bills for defrosting, drying and preheating cullet

Ardagh Groupclaims to havefound the most energy efficient way of defrosting, drying and preheating cullet (recycled glass) saving €116k a year at its plant in Nienburg, Germany, with an annual...

Coca-Cola sustainability consultancy expands in the Middle East

Anthesis Group consultancy firm, whose clients include Coca-Cola, Tesco, Arjo Wiggins and Reckitt Benckiser, has acquired TEP, in the UAE.

Tetra Pak turns recyclable cartons into fireworks

Tetra Pak is working on a number of initiatives to reach its goal of 40% recycling rates by 2020 including the continued development of Hangzhou Fulun Ecology Technology company in China.

Elopak lifts the lid on its PE beverage carton supplier

Elopak has finally revealed who it has partnered with to launch a beverage carton with certified renewable polyethylene (PE).

We must unite Fairtrade and trade union movements: Fairtrade CEO

We must follow the example of Sweden and bring together the two “very noisy” movements of workers' trade unions and Fairtrade, the CEO of Fairtrade International Harriet Lamb has said....

AYS slams Capri Sun-style flexibles as ‘biggest challenge’ to package recyclability

Environmental organization As You Sow has urged Kraft Foods to follow the example set by rival Honest Kids, and shift licensed brand Capri Sun from pouches into ‘more recyclable’ forms...

Lead program sponsor is the sole brand owner

Coca-Cola urges other food, beverage makers to join Recycling Partnership

Coca-Cola, the sole brand-owner sponsor of an industry/non-profit partnership that is funding major recycling initiatives in three Southeast US cities, is challenging other food and beverage companies to put their money...

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