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Justin’s Values Sustainability

In # 5: Sustainability by Thanh1 Comment

I am sure some of you have heard of Justin’s brand and have tried some of their products. Justin’s is an American brand of natural and organic nut butters and peanut butter cups. It was founded in 2004 by Justin Gold and sold to Hormel Foods in May 2016. Justin’s peanut cups are USDA-certified organic and are made with Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa. Justin’s products are distributed through Whole Foods, Target, and in health section at Hy-Vee, Cosentino’s, etc. Justin’s is not only a leader in producing high quality organic nut butter products and confections but also a leader in valuing sustainability. What is sustainability, and why is it important? Sustainability is the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources, and its goal is to conserve natural resources, develop alternate sources of power, and reduce pollution and harm to the environment. Almonds is the main ingredient in Justin’s almond butter, and it takes two beehives to pollinate an acre of farmland. Each hive contains about twenty thousands bees. Thus, in order to maintain the ongoing source of almonds, it needs …

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General Mills’ sustainable goals

In # 5: Sustainability by Yixin1 Comment

The company I want to share about is General Mills.It is one of Fortune 500 company, mainly engaged in food production business, which is the world’s sixth largest food company. The company started in 1866 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its products are sold around the world, including Häagen-Dazs, Betty Crocker, the Hulk, the Wanchai Ferry, the Vine and other cereal brands. General Mills operate in more than 100 countries and conduct food manufacturing operations in at least 15 countries. Two years ago, it was committed to sustainable access to 100% of the main ingredients – including wheat, oats, milk, corn and cocoa 10 kinds of goods. As a result, cooperation with suppliers and farmers has been initiated to strengthen sustainable agricultural production, such as the use of less greenhouse gas to produce fertilizers. The General Mill investment provides training for farm automation and equipment, training by local agronomists, increasing production in a sustainable manner, and allocating funds to improve the education and health of these communities. The program tracks cocoa from the farm to the disposable production facility and delivers it to …

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Naked Juice Sustainability Efforts

In # 5: Sustainability by Cody0 Comments

Naked Juice Company has become extremely popular in the past years making great tasting juice smoothies people enjoy. The company has taken it upon itself to reduce the amount of waste and increase its sustainability efforts. One of the biggest efforts they have made was to develop their “Reincarnation” bottles. These bottles are made of rPET which is recycled polyethylene terephthalate, which has saved the company about 25% in energy costs compared to the previously used plastic. These bottles can be recycled and they say “reincarnated into a new bottle” and this will reduce landfill waste. Naked Juice company has also used their signature square bottles and this is not just for show or tradition. The shape allows them to pack more bottles into a smaller area, which reduces the amount of greenhouse gas associated with shipping and packaging. The company has been awarded the U.S. Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Environmental Design) status. This was awarded due to the factory having design features to reduce light and operating costs. They use a lot of natural light and reuse …

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Nature’s Path to Sustainability

In # 5: Sustainability by Cade0 Comments

Nature’s Path is a privately owned organic food company, founded in Vancouver BC. Nature’s Path is now North America’s largest certified organic breakfast and snack food company. The co-founder, Arran Stephens, likes to say: “Nature’s Path is committed to the three ‘Ps’: people, planet, and profit”. The motto of this company is to “always leave the earth better than [we] found it.” This motto to them means that they have many programs and multiple aspects that they care about when producing their products. Nature’s Path is always trying to save and preserve water because it “is a precious, finite resource.”   Nature’s Path also has a Non-GMO Project. Their mission is to build and project their non-GMO food supply. This project is a third party verification and standard for non-GMO foods and products according to Nature’s Path’s website. The ‘Growing Organic’ plan has kept over 38,500 tons of chemical fertilizers and over 7,500 tons of pesticides out of the soil in the years 2014 and 2015. The reasoning behind the company choosing to be organic and non-GMO is because they …

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Sustainability – a Major Goal at Unilever

In # 5: Sustainability by Emmalea0 Comments

I was very impressed with the sustainability plan Unilever has implemented –  The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP).  The plan has three main goals: improving health and well-being for more than 18 billion, reducing their environmental impact by ½, and enhancing the livelihood of millions of people.  Within the goal of reducing their environmental impact by ½, they have outlined how they plan to achieve this goal by 2030.  Unilever plans to decrease the greenhouse gas emissions from their company by using only renewable energy sources, eliminating their use of coal and making energy available to communities.  The company also is striving to decrease the use of water by consumers and in manufacturing.  They plan to build new factories that use less waters and provide products to consumers that decrease their water usage.  Additionally, they plan to decrease the amount of waste they produce by 50% in 2020.  To achieve this goal, they plan to decrease their amount of waste from manufacturing.  Unilever completed this goal one year earlier than expected and currently has almost zero non-hazardous waste going to …

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Farmer Brothers

In # 5: Sustainability by Emily0 Comments

The company I chose to write about in this assignment is called “Farmer Brothers”. Farmer Brothers is a renowned coffee supplier and distributor, a coffee food service company based out of Northlake, Texas. This is actually the company that my dad works for. His title is “Business Development Representative-DSD Sales”. A sustainability program is something that business set in place to help better the environment. There are many goals to sustainability programs, some of which include; reduce the rate of water use, reduce solid waste generation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce energy usage, and more. Farmer Brothers prides themselves on being one of only 65 companies in the world that has approved carbon reduction targets through the Science Based Targets Initiative. On that list, they are the only coffee company. Their goals are: to cut emissions by 48% by 2050. They are leading the way with their sustainability plan, not just talking about the fact that they care, but actually showing that they do care.  Farmer Brothers has even entered into the “Sustainable Coffee Challenge” which seeks to make coffee …

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Trees are the key to Sustainability

In # 5: Sustainability by Kiera3 Comments

It is important to take care of the environment and become more sustainable. This trend has caught on to many people as well as food and beverage companies. These companies are trying to make their products in the most sustainable ways. These ways differ for each company, which is why the one that is going to be discussed is Clif Bar & Company. Clif Bar & Company is being sustainable by doing their project “Think like a Tree” Think like a Tree is a project to make the Clif Bar & Company more sustainable. This project helps with sustainability because they are using organic ingredients (“baked with clean, renewable energy”), packaging their goods environmentally friendly, and delivering their products with transportation that does not pollute. All of these ways to become more sustainable make a huge impact in the company. Since the company uses organic products they save money on chemicals that are used on products which betters the environment. Also, since the products are baked with renewable energy it is not harming the environment. Renewable energy is great because …

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What’s on tap? Sustainability

In # 5: Sustainability by Madison0 Comments

Many food companies have realized the importance and opportunity of sustainability programs and practices. One such company in Anheuser Busch InBev. Since 1992, this company has invested more than 80 million dollars towards sustainability and environmental stewardship programs. Anheuser Busch partners with several different conservation organizations and campaigns including Living Lands and Waters, California Trout, Keep America Beautiful, River Network, and the Nature Conservancy. The company has committed to several  different sustainability programs under three main areas: water, recycling, and energy.   Water conservation in very important to Anheuser Busch. The beverage company has created the Water for a Better World campaign to focus on water conservation. This campaign has focused on reducing water use within beverage processing. Since beginning this program, Anheuser Busch has reduced water use by 11 percent  in the last 5 years and by 50 percent in the last 10 years. Since 2010, Anheuser Busch has partnered with the River Network to host local local river and watershed restoration and protection projects. One of Anheuser Busch’s brands, Stella Artois, partners with in the “Buy a …

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Water Stewardship: Coca-Cola

In # 5: Sustainability by Danyan0 Comments

Nowadays, the natural resources such as land, water, forest, and the atmosphere that we rely on for survival in the world are increasingly scarce. Inevitably, sustainable development becomes a noteworthy topic in recent years. Not only governments but many food companies as well are work together and try to overcome the problem we faced. As we described in class, some food companies include Hershey, General Mills, Nestle, Kraft, and ConAgra established some sustainable developing programs based on the types of products they produced. These programs are playing an important role in confronting issues such as climate change and resource scarcity. Coca-Cola as the largest global beverage supplier, water is one of the ingredients which account for the largest proportion of their products. Thus, the sustainability of the water sources and the quality of the water are the subjects that they much care. In 2016, the goal of Coca-Cola’s water stewardship project is to continue “replenishing 100 percent of the water used in their finished beverages back to communities and nature.” (Coca-Cola Journey, 2017) In reality, in 2015, Coca-Cola had already …

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Mars is Raising the Bar, and I’m Talking More than Just Candy

In # 5: Sustainability by Casey0 Comments

Mars, Incorporated was started more than 100 years ago. What started as a small, family, candy-making business grew to be so much more than chocolate. Today, the company has over 80,000 people working for it, and can be found in 78 countries all over the world. The company expanded its market to include six different business that include petcare, Wrigley, food, drinks, symbioscience, and, of course, chocolate. Each business is very diverse. They each require their own manufacturing, packaging, advertising, etc. Because of this, Mars felt the need to implement a sustainability program. Their program encompasses every part of all of their businesses. Their website maps everything out in order for its customers to see its goals and progress towards reaching their goals. Their company is committed to reducing their direct greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by the year 2020 (compared to their 2007 levels). They haven’t stopped there. To one-up themselves, their goal is to eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2040 and be completely green. Another goal they have in increasing their sustainability is to become …

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Danone’s Multifaceted Approach to Sustainability

In # 5: Sustainability by Vanessa1 Comment

Danone, a company whose products I have consumed since I can remember, makes a great point when talking about sustainability on their website. By our food choices, we impact not only our personal health, but also the future, our communities, and our planet. Danone has a sustainability program that encompasses almost every aspect of the company. Danone has three sustainability goals: better health, better lives, better world. Better health is summarized by the statement on their website: “We are dedicated to bringing health through food to as many people as possible”. Danone aims to do this through a four point plan: offering healthier products, promoting healthy drinking and eating habits through programs like the Danone Nations Cup, a soccer tournament for 10 to 12 year olds. The third point is “Community Relevant”, which means they create products specifically for communities. An example of a product impacted by “Community Relevant” is the infant cereal, Bledina Phosphatine that is sold in Cameroon and Ivory Coast. Blendina provides 70% of iron needed and is 30% cheaper for consumers. This will aid in helping …

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In # 5: Sustainability by Chuan0 Comments

The world currently holds 7.3 billion people, and is expected a growth of 1.2 billion in 13 years. With this many mouth to feed, it is but a mere matter of time before all the resources runs dry and humanity at the brink of extinction. Then it all comes down to one simple matter, sustainability. This simple word, sustainability, bears a lot behind. It could mean life or death, it could mean evolution, it could mean extinction. If people do not start sustaining the resources that is left, only darkness lies in the future; on the other hand, sustaining the current resource means a longer road ahead. In the food industry, big companies little by little starts acknowledging the means of sustainability. Not only does having a sustainability program allow a huge cut in cost, it also sends a message to the public, educating and reminding the people the importance of having sustainable resources. One such company is the PepsiCo. It is the parent company of Pepsi carbonated drinks, Frito-Lay snacks, Gatorade energy drink, Quaker oatmeal, Tropicana fruit juice and …

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Steps Towards Sustainability at Clif Bar and Co.

In # 5: Sustainability by Jade1 Comment

Sustainability is a big part of Clif Bar and Company. To initiate their sustainability program, in 2001 Clif Car and Company hired a full-time ecologist and decided to launch their program on Earth Day. One of the first steps taken was to redesign wrapper to become shrink wrap free, eliminating the use of over 90,000 pounds of plastic. After becoming organic USDA certified in 2003, the company switched to 100% recycled paperboard, saving 14,000 trees and 6 million gallons of water in just one year. In 2004 they became the nation’s first climate neutral biodiesel mobile marketing tour. In 2006 Clif started a program where their employees were rewarded for walking, biking, and carpooling. Soon after they started to pay employees to make eco-friendly changes to homes as well as to buy bikes to ride to work. For all their efforts thus far, in 2014 The White House recognized Clif for their leadership in renewable energy efforts. In 2016 Clif was awarded the Food Engineering’s Sustainable Plant of the Year Award for considering energy efficiency, alternative sources of energy, and …

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What’s it Tea, ya?

In # 5: Sustainability by Justin1 Comment

Sustainability is very important in today’s date now, more than ever.  With the increase in populations daily, the number or resources are slowly depleting at a faster rate than ever.  There are many major companies that are taking the initiative to reduce the footprint on life and make the world more sustainably friendly. For this assignment, I’m choosing Lipton Tea; which products are from a joint venture between the two companies of PepsiCo and Unilever.   From looking at Unilever’s website, they have a devoted Sustainability section dedicated to their products and how they’re used. They explain the three categories they examine, which are:   Barriers – what are the things that stop people from adopting a new behaviour? Triggers – how could we get people to start a new behaviour? Motivators – what are the ways to help them stick with the new behaviour? By understanding the barriers, triggers, and motivators, Unilever has developed a strategy to maintaining sustainability in which they call it the “Unilever Five Levers for Change,” and they are: Make it understood. Make it easy. …

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Sustainability: A Three Part Problem?

In # 5: Sustainability, Leftovers by Chloe1 Comment

From an environmental standpoint sustainability is the capacity to endure; the renewal of the environment and it’s resources. As our world population continues to grow, sustainability becomes as increasing concern. Our Earth can only support so many human beings, and already our population is struggling to feed ourselves. Food scientist play a major role in sustainability projects, we can not only create genetically modified organisms, but can also shape the food industry into becoming less damaging to our environment. Major food companies such as, Hershey, ConAgra, General Mills, and many more are starting to realize that they make a huge impact on our world’s consumption, and have started to create sustainability programs. I specifically decided to focus on one of the major beverage producers to see how their green program measured up, PepsiCo. PepsiCo’s sustainability program centers around three main goals: products, planet, and people. PepsiCo is traditionally known for it’s products: Pepsi, Gatorade, Mtn Dew, Lipton, etc. However, recently they have implemented new product goals, “We will continue to refine our food and beverage choices to meet changing consumer …