A new research project is helping agro-food sector small and medium-size enterprises, such as bakeries and breweries, improve their environmental sustainability.
The London, UK-based Institution of Mechanical Engineers recently estimated that anywhere between 35 and 50% - or 1.2 to 2 billion tons - of all food produced is wasted worldwide; a fraction of which is due to by-products in food processing.
A web-based software application that is an integral part of the Carbon FOODprint toolkit has been launched by FirstCarbon and Compass Group.
New data released by the AFGC shows that Australia’s drink container recycling rates are continuing to rise, with an extra 42,284 tonnes recycled in 2011-12 compared with the previous year.
Nestlé Australia has announced that every chocolate it sells is now independently certified to ensure the cocoa is sourced and produced sustainably on farms with safe working conditions.
A few simple actions like buying oddly shaped fruit and freezing food could dramatically reduce the 1.3 billion tonnes of lost or wasted food each year, according to a new global campaign to cut food waste.
Addressing the issue of food waste could help resolve many sustainability challenges faced by the food industry, according to the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
A group of industry and union representatives has rejected the proposed national container deposit scheme (CDS), claiming it would effectively impose a tax on beverages that would cost jobs in the manufacturing sector and increase the pressure on struggling Australian families.
WNIFT&M reports back from the ‘Closing the Loop on Food Waste’ discussion group at the 2nd National Sustainable Food Summit.
Food waste in Finland is lower than most European and Western countries but even so this waste is responsible for 1% of the country’s greenhouse emissions. Consumers are responsible for most of the waste but the food processing industry is not far behind.
The University of Sydney Business School has joined forces with not-for-profit agency Foodbank Australia to help them achieve their goal of eliminating hunger in Australia.
Chokyuenyong Industrial in Thailand worked with Global Water Engineering (GWE) to cut effluent COD pollution levels at its cassava production plant by more than 95% while extracting gas from its wastewater to power its boilers and generate electricity for its own use and to sell back to the provincial grid.
Australia’s largest producer of labelled organic wines - Tamburlaine Wines - has been pushing the boundaries of innovation since it was established in 1966 by then local Cessnock doctor Lance Allen. Not realised by Dr Allen at the time, the establishment of a new winery using new oak barrels brought local success to some of his early wines compared to the predominantly old oak maturation wines which were then commercially available from other winemakers. The advantages of new and better oak handling have become part of the Australian wine revolution since that time.
Breweries can successfully utilise the biogas from their wastewater treatment plant as an energy source in their operations, saving money as well as minimising waste, according to environmental solutions company Talbot & Talbot.
Robern Menz has announced a major upgrade investment to its production facility at Glynde, Adelaide. An amount of $1.1 million will be spent over the next 10 months overhauling the business’s refrigeration plant and warehousing infrastructure. This will have a major environmental benefit once implemented with the company’s carbon footprint significantly reducing.