ADM Launches Regenerative Agriculture Program in Brazil
ADM has expanded its global regenerative agriculture efforts with the launch of a program in Brazil. The program aims to promote and support sustainable agricultural production with a focus on soil health, biodiversity protection, improved soil fertility and resilience, and increased farm productivity. In the initial stages of the program, ADM will focus on three practices: Fertilizer use efficiency and increased use of biological inputs, reducing chemical inputs and substituting traditional nitrogen products with more technological alternatives; No-till farming, with technical assistance guidance for the refinement and intensification of this widely used practice in the field; and Covered soil/cover crops, using a mix of cover crops to improve soil health to positively impact water absorption, structure, biodiversity and soil fertility. The program is launching via a pilot that will engage 20 soy farmers encompassing almost 50,000 acres in Minas Gerais and Mato Grosso do Sul.
Univar Solutions, Biospringer Yeast Ingredients Sign Deal
Univar Solutions B.V., a subsidiary of Univar Solutions Inc., announced an agreement with Biospringer by Lesaffre to distribute its natural yeast ingredients in the European Nordics region. The agreement comprises Biospringer's Springer Reveal, Springer Signature, Springer Proteissimo, Springer Cocoon, Springer Precursor, Springer Mask, and Springer Umami ingredient brands. With expertise in food formulation through their Culinary Center near Paris, France, Biospringer also supports customers with customized food and beverage recipes and solutions using yeast-based ingredients.
Kyowa Hakko Releases Creating Shared Value Report
Kyowa Hakko Bio published its first report detailing its impact on global health and sustainability. The 2023 CSV Progress Report details the company’s vision, environmental and activity policies, management, target goals, and progress to-date regarding sustainability initiates. CSV initiatives include Kyowa Hakko Bio’s commitment to overcome climate change, reduce water use and contamination, and conserve biological resources. Kyowa Hakko Bio is shifting to energy-saving equipment (reducing annual natural gas consumption by approximately 8%). The brand also aims to shift to 100% renewable energy across all operations by 2040, introducing 'Renewable Energy Certificates' at its overseas facilities. Furthermore, the company actively reduces water consumption through a number of conservation activities, including installing water-saving equipment and implementing a cooling system for recycling and reusing water. It has set voluntary wastewater standards that are stricter than those required by regional regulations. The company has set the target of achieving 100% use of Forest Stewardship Council certified or recycled paper for packaging materials by 2030.
Fonterra Announces Climate Plans for the Future
Fonterra has taken a significant step towards achieving its climate ambitions with the announcement of an on-farm emissions target, and release of a Climate Roadmap and voluntary Climate-related Disclosure report. The Co-operative is targeting a 30% intensity reduction in on-farm emissions by 2030, which will see it further reduce the emissions profile of its products. 86% of Fonterra’s emissions come from on-farm, and the new target is seeking to reduce emissions intensity by tonne of FPCM (fat and protein corrected milk) collected by Fonterra. Fonterra expects this new target will be achieved through a number of ways: 7% reduction through farming best practice such as feed quality and improving herd performance, 7% reduction through novel technologies that the company is developing through AgriZeroNZ joint venture between agribusiness and Government working to find a solution to methane, and other partnerships, 8% reduction through carbon removals from existing and new vegetation, and 8% from historical land-use change conversions to dairy.
Arla Foods Showcases Private Label Capacity
Arla Foods Ingredients is helping manufacturers meet growing demand for formulated milk powders targeting healthy aging. The company has launched three new formulated powder recipes to demonstrate how its expertise as a private label partner can help manufacturers meet the need for convenient sources of natural dairy nutrients. Specially formulated to comply with Chinese regulations, they feature added vitamins, minerals and probiotics, as well as high-quality milk and whey protein. Calcium content is boosted by Capolac, a natural milk mineral concentrate, while Lacprodan DI-8090, a whey protein concentrate, provides high-quality protein content, according to the company.
Unique Snacks Increases Support for Folds of HonorUnique Snacksshared its goal to raise its2024 Folds of Honorcampaign donation.The change in the 2024 program will increase Unique Snacks’ average annual donation from $10,000 to approximately $50,000 without accounting for any sales growth. Based on the ease of sales created by transitioning all packages of 11-oz Original Splits to the Folds of Honor packages, the donation amount could reach even higher in 2024. The projected increase would generate a one-year contribution equivalent to what has been raised over the past five years combined. To achieve the goal of doubling the support for Folds of Honor, Unique Snacks will conduct special promotions, social media contests, and giveaways throughout the program. Since the inception of Unique Snacks’ annual Folds of Honor campaign, which runs from May through August, the business has raised close to $50,000 for the national nonprofit.
Neutral Foods Unveils Packaging for Carbon Neutral Milk
Neutral Foods has launched a new look for its cartons of organic whole and 2% milk. The updated packaging tells the story about Neutral’s work with farmers and explains what it means for its milk to be carbon neutral from “grass to glass.” The cartons are designed to remind consumers that simple climate-friendly purchases have a positive impact on the planet while celebrating farmers, pasture-raised cows, and the great taste and nutrition of the products. Neutral said that, as the company continues to grow, it was time to evolve the design to make the brand promise easier for customers to understand. Neutral worked with Faven to add category-norm elements (like the cow), and update the messaging hierarchy to make it simple and legible. Neutral’s organic carbon neutral whole and 2% milk is available at Whole Foods Market, Sprouts Farmers Market, Misfits Market, Fresh Direct, and several regional and local chains and independent grocers, such as New Seasons in the Portland, OR area.