By Vikas Vij —The food and drink industry can take a number of actions to achieve its vision of building sustainable food systems. These include identifying the flow of materials and ingredients from farm to fork, increasing the use of local resources, and systematically reducing waste.
Following the results of a joint white paper by Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and Cranfield University looking at sustainable food manufacture, Coca-Cola has launched a £56-million investment plan for sustainable operations in the UK. The white paper called Sustainable Manufacturing for the Future includes research on the vision and pathways for sustainability in the UK’s food and drink industry.
The paper shows five pathways to 2050, which include: ‘anticipating the future’, ‘providing nutrition’, ‘sharing the benefits’, ‘inspiring the next generation’ and ‘joining forces’. It recommends that the food and drink industry share more information with customers, offer services that focus on delivering broad value to customers, and engage society when creating products to deliver against customers’ needs.
Steve Adams, Group Director of Supply Chain Operations at CCE UK, said that the company’s research with Cranfield University has revealed valuable insights on how sustainability will evolve across the food and drink supply chain. The company is already putting these actions into practice and has launched a £56m investment plan.
Leadership by both individuals and organizations feature strongly as a core theme throughout the research. Mark Jolly, Professor of Sustainable Manufacturing at Cranfield University, said that the joint research project between CCE and Cranfield University has been a fascinating exploration of how the food and drink industry can truly embrace sustainable manufacturing in the future.
The research paper highlights specific actions that businesses can apply, which will truly impact not only their own organizations, but also their employees, customers and the wider society in which they operate.
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