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Mondelez announces new sustainability goals

BY David Salazar

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Global snack maker Mondelez International on Wednesday announced a new set of goals to make the company’s operations more sustainable by 2020 as part of its Call for Well-being. The company will focus on curbing carbon dioxide emissions, reducing the deforestation in its agriculture supply chain, reduce water use in high-priority areas and eliminate packaging material. 

“Our Sustainability 2020 goals place us at the forefront of the fight against climate change and support our ambition to be the leader in well-being snacks, while reducing costs and generating efficiencies that accelerate our growth,” Mondelez EVP and Mondelez Europe president Hubert Weber said. “In 2014, we were a year ahead of schedule in accomplishing our 2015 goals for packaging, greenhouse gas emissions and net waste. These new goals take our commitment a step forward using the power of our global resources and partners to drive meaningful change at scale.”

Mondelez plans to use science-based targets to reduce CO2 emissions by 15 percent by 2020, and its deforestation will focus on cocoa and palm oil supply chains while recording and reporting its carbon footprint reduction that results from these efforts. It will also continue its Cocoa Life campaign, which aims to make sustainably source its cocoa from local farmers. 

“Our Sustainability 2020 initiatives on energy, water and waste reduction will improve efficiency and create the fuel to accelerate growth,” Weber said. “The goals also support our cocoa and wheat programs to ensure we have a sustainable supply of these key raw materials.”

The company also plans to eliminate some 65,000 tons of packaging and reduce its manufacturing waste by 20%. For more information and additional goals, see the infographic below. 

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Herr’s raises breast cancer awareness, funds with limited-edition pretzels

BY David Salazar

NOTTINGHAM, Pa — Herr’s is working with the American Cancer Society during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to raise money and awareness with a limited-edition pretzel. The ribbon-shaped whole grain pretzels with flax seed and honey are being sold in a specially designed pink bag, and Herr’s is donating $0.05 from each bag sold to the for the ACS’ “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” initiative.

“At Herr’s, we are passionate about supporting philanthropic organizations that give back to the communities we serve,” said Ed Herr, president of Herr Foods. “We are proud to partner with the American Cancer Society’s ‘Making Strides Against Breast Cancer’ program to help finish the fight and support all those who are affected by breast cancer.”

The special-edition pretzels will be available through mid-November. 

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Target working with MIT ‘to explore future of food retailing’

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS — Target announced Monday a collaboration with MIT’s Media Lab and global design firm IDEO to explore the future of food. The work will focus on areas such as urban farming, food transparency and authenticity, supply chain and health.
 
“By combining the boundless curiosity and discovery of MIT’s Media Lab and IDEO’s human-centered approach to design with Target’s knowledge of retail, we can reimagine the future of food,” stated Greg Shewmaker, one of Target’s entrepreneurs-in-residence, who is leading the Food + Future coLAB. “We know more about what’s in our smartphones than we do in the last meal we ate. And that’s something we want to change. This collaboration will help to unlock more options and create more transparency not just for Target’s guests, but consumers everywhere.”
 
“The challenges around the future of food are so broad, systemic and complex that no one entity can solve for them alone. We have to work together,” added IDEO coLAB director Matt Weiss.
 
The roadmap for the next year will include several milestones:
 
  • This month, Target will kick-off a major project with MIT Media Lab’s Laboratory for Social Machines. Through this initiative, Target will collect and analyze billions of public data points — spanning brand communications, traditional and social media messages and supply chain information — in an effort to map the global conversations related to food;
  • Later this year, Target will launch a website with IDEO to identify trends and ultimately explore how food will be grown, sold and consumed in the next 15 years; and
  • In January, Target and IDEO will launch the Food + Future coLAB in Cambridge, Mass. The coLAB, which will draw on innovative research being conducted at the MIT Media Lab, will house multidisciplinary teams from these three organizations, as well as others, tasking them with solving some of the toughest challenges related to food.
Target and MIT’s Open Agriculture initiative will also begin a multi-year collaboration to explore city farming across multiple scales of an open platform.
 
Caleb Harper, director of the Open Agriculture initiative at MIT’s Media Lab, will work with Target and IDEO on the city farming initiative.
 
“Our work with Target is a collaboration in the truest sense of the word. The MIT team will bring our expertise in research and technology, while Target brings their ability to scale and reach the world,” said Harper. “People like to say things like, ‘the best strawberries come from Mexico.’ But really, the best strawberries come from the climate in Mexico that creates expressions like sweetness and color that we like. We think there is tremendous opportunity to democratize climate through control-environment agriculture and we look forward to kicking off this work with Target.”
 
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