Category Archives: Sustainability

Transparency, Sustainability Sells Produce — The Packer

  Consumers are willing to consider buying produce labeled with pertinent information: “To that end, Mandzy said, 39% of consumers are willing to switch to brands that are more transparent, according to Label Insight’s 2017 Consumer Demand for Transparency Study.”   Supplier Takeaway Have you changed your labeling practices to include the information that modern consumers want to see? Resources for Walmart Suppliers How To Succeed with Walmart’s Project Gigaton Courses for Walmart Suppliers Podcast: We Attack Bloomberg, OTIF, and...

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Campbell’s to Acquire Pacific Foods — USA Today

  Campbell’s is acquiring organic brand, Pacific Foods of Oregon: “The move comes at a time when consumers are increasingly health conscious, demanding foods that are lower in sugar and sodium. Campbell has been aggressive in expanding its natural or more nutritious offerings, buying four companies since 2012 that include carrot juice and smoothie giant Bolthouse Farms, organic baby food maker Plum and Garden Fresh Gourmet which produces hummus and salsa.”   Supplier Takeaway Consumer demand is forcing established companies...

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Small Business Left Out of Compliance Negotiations — Triple Pundit

Some business owners are unhappy with compliance guidelines that don’t take into consideration the resources of smaller companies: “Small companies don’t have the financial clout to influence legislators in writing laws that benefit them. Small businesses also don’t have a fleet of top-priced lawyers standing by to help them navigate and comply. So regulations disproportionately affect small and mid-sized companies and they don’t address our problems. When smaller business owners say they dislike regulations, this is why.” Supplier Takeaway If...

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P & G’s VP of Global Sustainability on Making Sustainability “Irresistible” — GreenBiz.com

P & G is all about making sustainable products “irresistible”: “The key is to make sustainability desirable. You need to make it irresistible, so people embrace it because they want to, not because they have to. The two key levers that we have for that are innovation and aspiration. Innovation can make it irresistible — that’s the cold-water detergent example. Aspiration is about making sustainability what people want to do. If you have to convince people to do something, you...

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Walmart’s Sustainable Fleet — Fleet Owner

Walmart’s fleet is getting props for sustainability: “But all that’s in the past.  What’s next for the Walmart fleet?  Last year, Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon reconfirmed the company’s commitment to sustainability. Signing what are known as the Science-Based Targets set by the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, he pledged that Walmart would reduce its absolute emissions 18% by 2025 even as it continues to grow its business around the globe.“ Supplier Takeaway It isn’t just about organic certification and...

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Investigation Shows Weaknesses in “Organic” Standards — Washington Post

A recent investigation reveals problems with the USDA organic certification process: “The U.S. organic market now counts more than $40 billion in annual sales and includes products imported from about 100 countries. To enforce the organic rules across this vast industry, the USDA allows farmers to hire and pay their own inspectors to certify them as “USDA Organic.” Industry defenders say enforcement is robust.“ Supplier Takeaway Does your business rely on organic certification for sourcing needs or to market your own...

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Tyson Pledges to Eliminate Antibiotics — USA Today

Tyson has pledged to eliminate antibiotics from poultry sold under its brand name: “Tyson said its antibiotic-free pledge will apply to poultry it sells in supermarkets under [it’s] own Tyson label. For Tyson and the others, the move is being driven by consumer demand for food free of anything deemed unnatural, whether it’s antibiotics, preservatives or something else. Consumer Reports magazine found in a 2015 survey that one of four shoppers were buying meat and poultry without antibiotics more often than they had...

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Walmart Further Reduces Chemicals of Concern in Products — Chemical Watch

Walmart has further reduced the amount of certain chemicals in the products it sells: “Walmart director of sustainability communications, Micah Ragland, told Chemical Watch that in evaluating its HPC reduction rates, it aggregates data from suppliers rather than doing itemised assessments of specific products. But he said that, as part of the process, the company measures the percentages of HPC products, weight reduction and supplier use. ‘In all of these measurement categories, we saw a decrease,’ he said.“ Supplier Takeaway...

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Land O’ Lakes Joins Walmart’s Sustainability Commitment — TheCattleSite.com

Land O’Lakes has announced its plan to join Walmart in Project Gigaton: “’Through Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN, our partnership with our member-owners, and our ongoing leadership with some of the world’s largest food producers and retailers, including Walmart, our cooperative is in a position to achieve meaningful goals and shape the future of environmental sustainability,’ said Matt Carstens, senior vice president of Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN.“ Supplier Takeaway Suppliers are getting on board with Walmart’s new initiative. What are your plans? Resources...

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More on Walmart’s Project Gigaton — GreenBiz.com

  More on Walmart’s Project Gigaton sustainability initiative: “The focus is on Scope 3 emissions — those that are a consequence of business operations but over which it doesn’t have direct control. It is launching an online toolkit for suppliers seeking to better manage energy, agriculture, waste, packaging and deforestation, and to design consumer products with a lower impact — for example, LED light bulbs and apparel that’s washable in cold water.“ Supplier Takeaway How do you plan to respond to...

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