Many products command premiums due to their geographic origins and native know-how. Corporate social responsibility initiatives have a role to play in preserving and protecting them.
Food & Agriculture
Call it madness or compassion, but the hard work and patience of Aitchison and her business partner, Habtamu Baye, are paying off with the success of their restaurant, Ben Abeba. The restaurant is not only a top tourist destination, but is a growing social enterprise giving economic opportunities that otherwise did not exist in Lalibela, Ethiopia.
Whole Foods stocks have declined in recent years. The company is fighting back with a new, leaner prototype of its brand, due to open this year. It’s just in time, as it’s got lots of company in the organic food business.
Pet food companies are starting to get the message that if they do not clean up their acts and show improvement in how their products are manufactured, their most vocal critics could convince politicians to tighten the regulatory screws. Whether these moves will mollify their critics, however, is another story.
McDonald’s will transition to cage-free eggs in its North American restaurants within the next 10 years, the company announced last week. As the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) put it, this is a “watershed moment for animal welfare.”
Last year, the Obama administration set its sights on preserving America’s seafood and the global supply chain by launching a task force to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Fortunately, many of the world’s tuna companies are already taking proactive steps aimed at combating IUU fishing within the industry. These companies are part of an innovative public-private partnership that has committed the world’s leading seafood companies to transparency.
Amazon has once again claimed dominion over the supply chain nuances of on-demand food delivery with the announcement of its newest business venture with Fresh Nation.
The American Egg Board has egg on its face, and it isn’t pretty. Especially when you consider the millions of U.S. consumers that stand to lose if products like Just Mayo were actually taken off the shelves.
Our world is full of single-use plastic, meant to be used once and thrown away. And though some of it — depending on the type of plastic — could potentially be recycled or downcycled, the truth is that the majority of it becomes instant garbage, and much of it is winds up fouling our oceans and environment.
For those die-hard foodies who couldn’t dream of traveling without hitting up all the locally-esteemed eateries, this week we pulled together a travel guide featuring sustainable restaurants from all over the world. Bon appétit!
The Maggi brand is big business for Nestle, especially in India, where it is considered the go-to, inexpensive staple for many households. But the world’s biggest food manufacturer is in trouble with the government of India, which launched a suit for $100 million against Nestle for excessive lead levels in popular packaged noodles. Many of Maggi’s loyal consumers, however, could care less about the battle — they just want their noodles on the shelves.
Craft breweries offer a sustainable alternative to Big Brewing. The craft brew industry is thriving, but the big boys are fighting back. Here’s a look at America’s exciting craft brew movement as it stands, and how small brewers contribute to local economies.
Rainforest Action Network (RAN) is calling out 20 laggards that are, by refusing to enact strong palm oil procurement policies, allowing for social and environmental violations to spread on the other side of the world.