U.S.: Lidl Builds Sustainable Presence by Listening to Customers

Today’s consumers are focused on produce purchases that fit their lifestyle and improve their health, but environmental sustainability is becoming an important buying factor too. And that’s something Retail Sustainability Award winner Lidl US is embracing in a big way. At a time when COVID-19, a related recession and a major lifestyle realignment have made consumers rethink […]

BerryWorld ‘leading the way for sustainable packaging innovation’

In efforts to minimize the company’s environmental impact, BerryWorld will this season continue to pack its British berry supply in Prevented Ocean Plastic that it introduced last year. The company is “conscious of their role in the supply chain and wider role in society” and is therefore working to ensure UK berries are sustainably grown […]

A five-step process to sustainability

Originally printed in the March 2021 issue of Produce Business. In my column of February 2021 (Sustainability & CSR: What Is It All About?), I promised I would present a 5-step plan that fresh produce companies can use to get started on the road to sustainability. In most sectors of the business world, corporate social responsibility […]

With Brexit a factor, growers target larger crop of Picota cherries for UK

UK growers foresee favourable season ahead for cherries from UK, abroad

European Picota cherry growers in Spain’s Jerte Valley west of Madrid are predicting a bountiful harvest in mid-June after a three-week blossom in April that saw pristine weather conditions. More than a million cherry trees are grown on the slopes of the mountain, and this year’s volumes headed to the UK are expected to be […]

Berry Gardens to use recycled ocean plastic in punnets

Starting this summer, Berry Gardens officials say they will aim to help save the environment by utilizing Prevented Ocean Plastic in most of their own-label punnets. The berry and stone fruit production marketing group says the plastics will come from items scooped up along beaches and coasts. More than 30% of those punnets, which will […]

Five trends shaping food safety requirements

The events of the pandemic have caused a fundamental reset in human behavior and as the hospitality and catering sector know well, new food and beverage requirements have been shaped for the long term. From the rise in takeaways and collection services, through to eco-conscious consuming and ensuring a positive food safety culture, Kirstie Jones discusses five food trends that […]

Berry Gardens partner with Coveris on sustainable film for products

UK production and marketing group Berry Gardens is teaming with sustainable packaging manufacturer Coveris to launch a new printed lidding film containing more than 30% post-consumer recyclate (PCR). This first-to-market film is being utilized across all of Berry Gardens’ fruit lines, including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and other stone fruit.  Berry Gardens have been responsible […]

IFCO’s European Lift Lock containers become Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver

Reusable plastic container company IFCO announced its Lift Lock range in Europe has achieved Cradle to Cradle Certified (Version 3.1) status at the Silver level, become the first fresh-food RPCs to meet the sustainability standard. The European Lift Lock containers, which are optimized for fruits and vegetables as well as other food products, also earned […]