Category Archives: Sustainability

Aldi Introduces Plant-Based Food Line– FoodDive.com

Aldi has launched a line of plant-based foods: “Plant-based foods grew 8.1% during the past year, with meats representing 2.1% of sales among refrigerated and frozen products sold at retail, according to the Plant Based Foods Association. As innovations have helped vegan foods, and particularly meat substitutes such as Beyond Burger grow, demand has surged among consumers looking to eat healthier and live more sustainably.” Resources for Walmart Suppliers Courses for Walmart Suppliers 8th & Walton Blog: Average Dollar Sale (ADS) Explained Conference Call Podcast: Mini-Podcast!...

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Avoiding Greenwashing Claims in Beef Marketing — TriplePundit.com

Beef sellers need to evaluate their marketing copy to avoid greenwashing: “I want to emphasize that I don’t see most greenwash in the beef sector as deliberate. Rather, it seems that many beef marketers simply lack: Scientific expertise needed to accurately communicate about whether and how beef is produced in a manner that verifiably minimizes key supply chain hot spots, and Green marketing expertise in how to substantiate green claims.“ Resources for Walmart Suppliers Courses for Walmart Suppliers 8th &...

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Noncompliance Ends Cargill Relationship with Palm Oil Supplier — SupplyChainDive.com

A palm oil supplier has lost its relationship with Cargil over sustainability compliance concerns: “Cargill has suspended business with a palm oil supplier in Guatemala over the supplier’s failure to meet standards of the corporation’s sustainability goals, a spokesperson for Cargill confirmed to Supply Chain Dive.” Resources for Walmart Suppliers Courses for Walmart Suppliers 8th & Walton Blog: On Time In Full (OTIF): How Do I Plan Now for 2018? Conference Call Podcast: Start 2018 Strong with Amazing Grass! Focus on Suppliers...

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Blockchain Tech Tracks Salmon — Fortune

A tech firm is using blockchain to allow salmon to be tracked from net to table: “The new initiative, announced in late December, is the latest example of how blockchain technology—a type of software that creates a permanent, tamper proof ledger—can transform supply chains and preserve the integrity of the food supply.” Supplier Takeaway: Nowhere to Hide Blockchain and other technologies are making social compliance more important than ever. What are you doing to ensure the integrity of your supply...

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Sustainability Becomes Affordable — SupplyChainDive.com

Suppliers are finding that sustainability efforts have become more affordable: “A supplier’s sustainability plans are an important part of its financial and operational performance. Just as a supplier might have a key performance indicator (KPI) related to their support of supplier diversity, they might also have several KPIs centered on sustainability.” Supplier Takeaway: Sustainability Check-In Have you rejected sustainability measures in the past due to cost? If so, consider revisiting them: They may now be more affordable. Resources for Walmart Suppliers...

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Is Upcycling the New Organic? — Food Ingredients First

  Instead of wasting surplus foods, some suppliers are making use of them as product ingredients: “A team of professors from Drexel University sought to find out if foods made from surplus ingredients – termed value-added surplus products (VASP) – that would have been otherwise wasted can be a promising solution to food insecurity if appropriately marketed to consumers.” Supplier Takeaway: Is Upcycling an Option? If organics aren’t an option for your business, would making use of surplus foods be...

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Organics and Fraud Risk — SupplyChainDive.com

Fraud is compromising the burgeoning market for organic foods: “But as the organic market grows, the risks compound: according to a Washington Post investigation, 36 million pounds of soybeans were falsely marked as USDA Organic in May.“ Resources for Walmart Suppliers Courses for Walmart Suppliers 8th & Walton Blog: How Important is Signage in the Omnichannel World? Conference Call Podcast:How Do I Plan My 2018 On Time In Full (OTIF) Strategy? – Part 1 Focus on Suppliers Transcript:Reinventing Snacking with Seaweed

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USDA to Withdraw Organic Livestock Standards — FoodDive.com

  “The U.S. Agriculture Department plans to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule establishing animal welfare standards for organic agriculture, according to a document published Monday in the Federal Register. The deadline for comments is January 18, 2018.” Supplier Takeaway: End of a Niche? Regardless of the USDA’s reasons for the change, removing this designation could be more difficult for producers who rely on third-party certifications as a marketing tool. Resources for Walmart Suppliers Courses for Walmart...

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Walmart’s Energy Efficient Store Systems — GreenBiz.com

More on Walmart’s energy efficient store systems: “Walmart signed a contract with AMS earlier this year to design, install and operate advanced energy storage systems at Walmart stores to boost efficiency, guarantee energy savings and provide grid support to the local utility, at no upfront cost to Walmart. AMS will install 40 megawatt-hours of batteries at 27 Walmart stores in southern California. The batteries will provide extra power to the stores, when it is needed to avoid using too much...

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Walmart Joins Sustainable Cotton Group — CottonGrower.com

Walmart has joined LEADS, a group dedicated to sustainable cotton production: “Walmart joins more than 480 companies worldwide which recognize the environmental gains cotton growers in Australia and the United States continue to achieve,  as well as their commitment to meeting the challenge of growing sustainable cotton.” Supplier Takeaway: Deepening Sustainability Commitments How carefully are you monitoring your source materials and where they come from? Are you prepared to answer Walmart’s questions about them? Resources for Walmart Suppliers Courses for...

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