Category: Food and beverage manufacturing

A digital platform that prevents food waste

Read the full story from Springshare.

The platform helps connect food producers who have surplus or imperfect produce with manufacturers who can use it.

Satellite data ‘key to accelerating carbon footprint transparency in food systems’

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

A new monitoring platform claims it allows CPGs, retailers and farmers to track their land-based carbon footprint within supply chains and target ‘nature-based solutions at scale and speed’.

‘Smart’ food packaging? Scientists unveil biodegradable food packaging made from corn protein

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

A team of scientists has developed biodegradable food packaging made from corn protein and other naturally-derived bioplymers infused with a mixture of natural antimicrobial oils that can extend the shelf life of fresh fruit by up to three days compared to traditional plastic containers, creating a solution to cut down on the amount of plastic packaging throughout the food industry.

Wastewater re-use in the food industry

Read the full story at Filtration + Separation.

Engineers and scientists from an Auckland-based clean technology company have developed polyethylene membrane-based filters which perform at 85°C in harsh chemical environments of 1-13 pH, allowing food and industry processors to recycle up to 95% of their wastewater for reuse.

‘If you’re using paper, but you’re putting a plastic liner in it, you haven’t really solved anything…’ Footprint talks sustainable packaging

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

Determining the most sustainable packaging option for CPG products is rarely as clear cut as it might appear. Take yogurt cups, which are typically made from polypropylene (PP), which can be recycled, although many US curbside pickup services don’t yet take it. ‘Eco-friendly’ paperboard alternatives are available, but they come with a plastic lining, and will end up in the trash. So which is the better option?

Watch this magic plastic instant-coffee package disappear in your drink

Read the full story at Fast Company.

It’s made of seaweed (tasteless, don’t worry)—and can also work for things like tea bags, noodles, or detergent.

Provectus Algae secures $11.4m to scale sustainable synthetic biology biomanufacturing platform

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

With an infusion of $11.4 million in pre-series A funding announced today, Australian startup Provectus Algae is ready to rapidly scale the commercial production capacity of its sustainable and “complementary” biomanufacturing platform that leverages algae to develop a wide range of high-value ingredients, including a high-performance blood red colorant for the alternative protein market.

Estée Lauder explores paper-based bottles to help meet sustainable packaging goals

Read the full story at ESG Today.

Prestige beauty company Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) announced today that it has joined the Pulpex partner consortium, a collaboration of leading packaged goods companies dedicated to developing paper-based bottles.

Pulpex is a first-of-its-kind technology that forms bottles from wood pulp using 100% renewable feedstocks from responsibly managed forests. It was launched in 2020 as a collaboration between venture management company Pilot Lite and beverage alcohol company Diageo. Additional partners in the consortium include Unilever, PepsiCo, GSK Consumer Healthcare and Castrol.

USDA looks for ways to standardize climate-friendly claims, opportunities & bolster local food systems

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

As a climate-smart food and beverage market emerges and consumers show a willingness to pay a premium for products touted as climate-friendly, the US Department of Agriculture is taking steps to standardize marketing claims and ensure an even playing field for stakeholders.

Mitigate the expense of wastewater by putting it to work

Read the full story at Food Processing.

Economical disposal of the water that food and beverage plants have left over after processing and cleaning is a major problem for most plants. Usually that means reducing the volume as much as possible; in many cases, it means cleaning the water up before discharge, to avoid crippling surcharges (or outright rejection) from the local municipal water treatment plant.

But a good way to mitigate the expense of wastewater is to put it to work, so to speak. That means using or selling substances that are extracted from the water in the normal course of cleaning it up, or even reusing the water itself, internally or otherwise.

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