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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.
The Foodservice Packaging Institute’s 2015 Trends Report reveals foodservice operators are looking for environmentally friendly packaging and customization techniques to differentiate products.
“When it comes to foodservice packaging and the materials used to manufacture them, interest in sustainable, green or environmentally-friendly options continue to be popular. What’s notable this year is the overwhelming number of mentions related to compostable packaging,” said Lynn Dyer, FPI president. “We create this trends report each year to help our members understand what’s driving sales so they can take advantage of these opportunities and support the changing needs of their customers.”