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Nestlé announces sustainable Smarties

21 February, 2013

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.

Buy funny fruit to reduce food waste

23 January, 2013

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.

Reducing food waste key to solving sustainability challenges

14 January, 2013

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.

Industry groups reject national container deposit scheme

04 June, 2012

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.

Closing the loop on food waste: report from the 2nd National Sustainable Food Summit

02 May, 2012 by Alice Richard

WNIFT&M reports back from the ‘Closing the Loop on Food Waste’ discussion group at the 2nd National Sustainable Food Summit.

Food industry v consumer: food waste in Finland

20 April, 2012

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.

A partnership to eliminate hunger in Australia

03 August, 2011

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.

Cutting effluent and pollution at cassava starch plant

01 July, 2011

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.

Organics, energy efficiency, wine and sheep

31 May, 2011 by

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’ wastewater biogas is a viable green energy source

30 April, 2011

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.

Refrigeration plant and warehousing infrastructure greening at Robern Menz

28 April, 2011 by

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.

Record amount of food donated by Australia’s food industry

08 April, 2011

Australia’s food and grocery industry donated a record 19 million kilograms of food and groceries to people in need over the past year.

Food waste - a resource with value

04 November, 2010

Households throw away billions of dollars of edible food each year. To overcome this massive waste of food, energy, water and resources, Australians need to develop the proper infrastructure - waste reduction, re-use, recycling and composting services - and support those businesses which collect and process these materials and manufacture and sell zero-waste products.

Corn for food and fuel

10 May, 2010

Meeting our demand for food and fuel with corn may not be as difficult as previously suspected. Researchers at the University of Minnesota conducted genetic studies of corn varieties and found that corn can be bred to optimise properties for cellulosic ethanol without adversely affecting the grain yield.

Kraft Foods saves kilometres and CO2 emissions

07 May, 2010 by

Kraft Foods is addressing the problem of increased traffic by finding alternatives to trucking and making its distribution network more efficient. Since 2005, innovative sustainability projects have saved the company more than 80 million km in its global transportation and distribution network.

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