What will be the next public Benefit Corporation or B Corp? This spring Etsy went from private B Corporation to public. Now there’s talk of global consumer packaged goods giant Unilever taking the plunge. Whichever firm it is will benefit from the experience of Plum Organics, a B Corporation purchased last year by Campbell Soup Co.
Food & Agriculture
Whether you approve of or criticize the FDA’s approach to food regulation, there’s no way of going around meeting their guidelines if you are a food producer. The FDA is in charge of regulating about 80 percent of food products and food packaging labels on the US market, so if you are a food producer, you better familiarize yourself with the agency’s requirements for proper food labeling.
Coho salmon are making a comeback in Northern California, but if salmon species such as the Coho have a fighting chance of surviving in the Golden State, then the efforts of companies such as the Mendocino Redwood Company are important.
Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association, counters a recent piece on TriplePundit detailing animal abuse on an AHA-certified farm and the challenges that come with monitoring animal welfare.
While Clif Bar continues to thrive under CEO Kevin Cleary, co-founders Kit and Gary were ready for a new challenge: food and wine. The Clif Family Winery and Farm was founded in 2004 and has flourished in recent years, in line with Gary and Kit’s departure from the day-to-day at Clif Bar. The three-acre farm grows a variety of heirloom veggies including tomatoes, corn and peppers that are used to stock their popular Bruschetteria food truck, which is often found stationed outside their tasting room, Velo Vino.
Wendy’s is testing antibiotic-free chicken products in Orlando and Gainesville, Florida, Kansas City, Missouri, and Austin, Texas. During the test period, the fast food chain will “gauge consumer perception and supply availability,” according to news reports.
The nation’s third largest retailer ditched Chilean salmon in favor of antibiotic-free Norwegian salmon, Reuters reported on Thursday. Why stop selling Chilean salmon? In response to an aggressive bacteria plaguing their aquaculture environments, Chilean fish farmers used 1.2 million pounds of antibiotics to produce less than 900,000 tons of salmon last year.
With over 49 million Americans hungry and living in poverty, food security is one of our most defining social justice issues. This ad campaign by Great Nations Eat sheds light on this issue by encouraging people in other countries to donate to hungry Americans.
Last week Starbucks announced an agreement with Lyft that could be beneficial for Lyft drivers, riders and even for some Starbucks employees. Is this a victory for values-driven business?
A fish by any name is still a fish. But sometimes names do matters, as a recent report by the ocean advocacy group Oceana reveals. The use of one name for one fish can help protect our oceans and the fish that swim in them.
In the city of Newark, New Jersey, a company known as Aero Farms has decided to build a new $30 million corporate headquarters in an abandoned steel mill, which will include a vertical farm. When complete, the 69,000-square-foot facility will grow roughly 2 million pounds of baby greens and herbs, creating 78 new jobs in an area with an unemployment rate that is twice the national average.
It’s been tough for Foster Farms. A year-long string of antibiotic-resistant salmonella cases, plant issues and now an animal cruelty complaint. But major animal welfare advocates really want to know how its certifying agency, the American Humane Association, could have missed the signs of abuse on the plant floor. According to one publication and a host of animal advocates from Hollywood, more questions need to be asked.
Albertsons Companies is expanding its partnership with FishWise, the nonprofit sustainable seafood advisor. The second largest traditional grocery store chain in the U.S. after merging with Safeway in January, Albertsons has over 2,200 stores in 33 states and the District of Columbia. The partnership expansion covers all of its banners with the aim of bringing more sustainable seafood to store shelves.