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The California drought, food waste, and other natural phenomena that have affected crops from chocolate to pumpkins have given rise to consumers’ concerns about how their food and beverage products impact the environment. Manufacturers are embracing sustainability efforts throughout their supply chain, from the sustainable sourcing of cocoa and palm oil to reducing the use of water during processing. Renewable packaging, including recyclable and plant-based, has also become more popular in the industry.
Earlier this year, PepsiCo announced more than $375 million in savings since the company established its sustainability goals in 2010.
These moves also include those dealing with the treatment of animals for food. General Mills recently announced a 10-year timeline for its goal to source only cage-free eggs, and Kellogg made a similar announcement last month.
Whether felt in their hearts, green washing or some combination, large American companies are forcing change on packaging in order to reduce waste. For companies that are fortunate to sell products to Wal-Mart, McDonald’s or Starbucks, they will do just about anything to maintain the relationship. These corporate giants have leverage over their vendors, and it’s working. In addition, many “copycat” retailers are following suit, extending the benefits.
Whether you call them hoagies, grinders, subs or heroes, big sandwiches with cold cuts, cheese and condiments are popular as a carry-out item.
Americans are constantly on the move. Although we would like to sit down at a nice table with a tablecloth and candles, the truth of American life today is that people are doing more multi-tasking and our cars have become our dining room table. 7-Eleven®, the popular convenience store chain, estimates that from purchase time to consumption is 12 minutes for most of the prepared foods they sell.