Food Producers Need To Focus On Technology, Health And Sustainability

It is becoming more difficult to be a successful food company. Despite industry-wide revenue growth, major players are seeing their sales shrink, their production costs rise and competition from small brands intensify.

The global pandemic has exacerbated the impacts of changing consumption trends and made it more urgent to tackle some of these issues.

Once, it was beneficial to be big, to have an integrated supply chain and costly capital equipment as a defensive barrier against smaller competitors, those small competitors are now using digital tools, novel routes to market, and other innovations to undermine those defensive barriers, respond to consumer demands and take market share from established incumbents.

There are six key megatrends that will shape the industry for the next 30 years, new research by Lux Research claims. Companies must recognise and adapt to these trends to

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Four ways sustainability can increase resilience – Sponsor Content

On the latest episode of #BLKBottomLine, Debbie McCoy, BlackRock Systematic Head of Sustainable Investing, highlights why sustainability can accelerate economic recovery.

There are four key areas for increased resilience: systems, policies, companies and innovation.

First, there is heightened focus around climate change. But the broader societal system has come into question as well, particularly around inequality. Climate change and inequality remain salient conversations as we think about how to strengthen for the future.

In this very unusual moment of COVID-19, there is unprecedented policy action taking place. There is opportunity in Europe as new policies are formed, particularly around energy, and in the U.S. and all over the world, there is increased public-private partnership.

Another key area is the resilience of companies through this period of change. Companies are no longer responsible just to themselves, but also to the communities in which they operate.

Lastly, despite processes being upended

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ASU master’s degree student earns AAAS fellowship researching sustainability in emerging technology

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The Arizona State University Child Study Lab shifted its fall and winter curriculum to be an entirely online experience to help children learn the important skills that support a successful launch into elementary school and beyond, even during a pandemic.

“Parents are starting to see how challenging it is to engage their children and immerse them in learning materials at home without the interaction with other kids their age,” said Anne Kupfer, director of the Child Study Lab. “It is difficult to replicate the preschool experience while trying to juggle the normal stress of working from home.”
The Child Study Lab is Online this FallThe Arizona State University Child Study Lab shifted its fall and winter curriculum to be an entirely online experience to help children learn the important skills that support a successful launch into elementary school and beyond, even during a pandemic.
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Conagra Brands Taps into Footprint’s Materials Science to Continue Progress Towards Meeting Sustainability Goals | News

CHICAGO and GILBERT, Ariz., Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Conagra Brands (NYSE: CAG) announced new products featuring bowls made from plant-based fibers for Healthy Choice Power Bowls, new Hungry-Man Double Meat Bowls and P.F. Chang’s Ramen single-serve meals. By using plant-based fibers instead of plastic, the carbon footprint of manufacturing the bowls is reduced by 50 to 70 percent1 across select product lines. The expansion will help to decrease Conagra’s carbon footprint by 34,117 metric tons, equivalent to avoiding the greenhouse gas emissions of driving around the planet 3,399 times or 84 million miles2. This progress aligns with Conagra’s January 2020 announcement that the company is striving to make 100 percent of its plastic packaging renewable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

The plant-based fiber bowl is designed by Footprint, a sustainable materials science technology firm that designs alternative solutions to single-use plastic. Conagra initially partnered with

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Conagra Brands Taps into Footprint’s Materials Science to Continue Progress Towards Meeting Sustainability Goals

Conagra expands use of bowls made from plant-based fibers through collaborative partnerships

CHICAGO and GILBERT, Ariz., Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Conagra Brands (NYSE: CAG) announced new products featuring bowls made from plant-based fibers for Healthy Choice Power Bowls, new Hungry-Man Double Meat Bowls and P.F. Chang’s Ramen single-serve meals. By using plant-based fibers instead of plastic, the carbon footprint of manufacturing the bowls is reduced by 50 to 70 percent1 across select product lines. The expansion will help to decrease Conagra’s carbon footprint by 34,117 metric tons, equivalent to avoiding the greenhouse gas emissions of driving around the planet 3,399 times or 84 million miles2. This progress aligns with Conagra’s January 2020 announcement that the company is striving to make 100 percent of its plastic packaging renewable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

Conagra Brands, Inc., headquartered in Chicago, is one of North America's leading branded food companies. (PRNewsfoto/Conagra Brands)
Conagra Brands, Inc., headquartered in Chicago, is one of North America’s leading branded
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Sustainability is possible in this excerpt from climate change novel The Ministry for the Future

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Between the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing ravages of climate change, and even the social-political unrest accompanying this year’s American presidential election, the world is being battered by so many simultaneous crises that it can be hard to look to the future with any hope. Enter Kim Stanley Robinson. The prolific science-fiction author has a new book coming out next month titled The Ministry for the Future, and it portrays a vision of the near future where, if some people work hard enough, maybe everything won’t come to an end.

The central subject of The Ministry for the Future is climate change. The title refers to a fictional organization created under the umbrella of the Paris Agreement in order to combat climate change in a way that will keep the planet inhabitable for future generations. “Science fiction” is maybe a semi-inaccurate descriptor, since everything that happens in The Ministry

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The 2020 Taiwan Innotech Expo Sustainability Pavilion Presents the Circular Technology Island

With the increasing depletion of the earth’s resources, countries worldwide are more determined about green industrial policies. The European Commission adopted the New Circular Economy Action Plan this March. The UK, Japan, and China will draw up a “marine pollution map” in response to the “marine plastic crisis.” These show that the green industry has become a major field of study for human survival and reducing resource consumption. Therefore, the “Sustainability Pavilion” of the “2020 Taiwan Innotech Expo” will focus on the green industrial chain. The core values are “sustainable living,” “sustainable energy,” and “sustainable resources” tied in with “new agriculture,” “green energy technology,” “circular economy,” and “workplace safety” that reflect the four aspects of life. The pavilion will present more than one hundred technologies that can build a sustainable home in the next ten to twenty years.

The circular economy technology ecosystem demonstrated by the circular technology island

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Microsoft vows to replenish more water than it consumes by 2030, in latest sustainability initiative

Microsoft’s redevelopment of its Redmond, Wash. headquarters will include water conservation strategies. (Microsoft Rendering)

Microsoft says it will replenish more clean water than it uses in its cloud computing and software business within a decade.

The water pledge, announced Monday morning, represents the fourth and final focus area in a package of sustainability initiatives that Microsoft has been rolling out this year. The company started in January with its plan to become climate negative within a decade, removing more carbon from the atmosphere than it has emitted through its history. Microsoft also launched a global biodiversity program; an ecology-based “Planetary Computer;” and a suite of waste reduction strategies; along with a $1 billion Climate Innovation Fund.

As with its climate, biodiversity and waste efforts, Microsoft’s new water initiative takes a multi-pronged approach to addressing the worldwide environmental challenge. Initiatives will include: changing internal Microsoft practices to meet conservation goals; joining

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Why sustainability through technology is central to the event industry’s future

Few positives have resulted from the deadly coronavirus pandemic, but the effect on our Earth is unmistakable. Carbon dioxide emissions have decreased by 5%, and pollution is declining globally. The public’s response to this indicates that there will be a renewed energy toward sustainable initiatives. Once people can safely gather again and live events come back, it’s likely that a new level of concern for the planet will have taken hold, so experiential marketers should plan to evolve now.

Sustainable marketing solutions are the future of the events industry. Eco-friendly event strategies are typically inexpensive and curry favour with attendees, with 28% of people saying they prioritise brands with sustainable or ethical practices. This highlights the need for profitable and financially feasible event practices that marketers can use once events have dialled back up but perhaps the economy hasn’t.

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, the focus of sustainable experiential marketing

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