To reduce food waste, Tesco pitches produce exchange program to suppliers

Tesco is giving more than 3,500 suppliers the chance to alleviate costs and expand environmentally friendly practices by taking part in a new scheme where they can sell or transfer unwanted products to other suppliers. The unique trade system called Tesco Exchange will be a digital “marketplace” where suppliers with too much stock – “crops, […]

Canadian vertical farm ‘taking sustainability to the next level’

Ontario-based Local Leaf Farms is fighting some of the industry’s biggest issues, one sustainably packaged romaine at a time. Its particular model seeks to provide fresher, more nutritious options while supporting locally grown produce. To bring its vision to life, Local Leaf Farms builds facilities that are no more than 7,000 sq ft. but produce […]

European Market: Weaving sustainability into the corporate environment

On Aug. 16, U.S. President Joe Biden signed a bill into law that he has described as “the most significant legislation in history to tackle the climate crisis.” The Inflation Reduction Act contains $437 billion of spending — $369 billion of which will go toward emissions-cutting measures such as tax breaks for low-carbon energy and […]

Produce packaging gets more environmentally friendly while preventing food waste grows

Times are changing for consumer packaging in the produce industry. But even though plastic packaging is under closer scrutiny, that doesn’t mean that it is on the way out. Grand View research recently forecasted the global food packaging market will reach $562.3 billion by 2030, expanding at a compound annual growth rate of 5.5%. The […]

Freshfel launching Environmental Footprint methodology for fruits and vegetables

Sourcing sustainable bananas for foodservice and wholesale markets

Freshfel Europe is developing what it calls a “a state-of-the-art, standardized methodology” in hopes of improving sustainability across the fresh produce industry. Under its Freshfel Environmental Footprint Initiative, the group and its members plan to launch the Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCR) for fruit and vegetables. The goal is that more transparency, better communication […]

Westfalia Fruit growing avocados on Portugal reserve using ‘minimal’ water

In a one-of-a-kind ‘farming with nature’ initiative, multinational supplier Westfalia Fruit Group has successfully launched and is maintaining a highly sustainable avocado orchard on protected land in the Alcácer do Sal region of Portugal. Within a Site of Community Importance and under regulations from the Portuguese government and European Union law, it is currently growing […]

Can eco-labels on menus really change habits of diners?

A new study out of the University of Bristol shows that diners who were given menus with eco-friendly ratings more often chose items that were sustainable, vegan and vegetarian over dishes that had meat or dairy. Nearly 1,400 adults took part in the research project published in the journal Behavioural Public Policy which looked at the […]

Tackling social sustainability in fresh produce

Social sustainability can best be described as a company’s desire to “make a positive difference to people’s lives and futures, with a focus on their position in the environment.” Social sustainability projects can create great support for and understanding of sustainability. Quite a few fresh produce companies aspire to become a supply chain partner that […]