The pandemic has inevitably changed many things for many of us, but our focus remains clear. We all stand united for safe food for consumers everywhere. In this month's 'Race to the Top' news update from the Global Food Safety Initiative, GFSI Director Erica Sheward reports, "I'm delighted to say that as the year comes to an end, we are in a brilliant place to press forward with all four features of the first phase of the 'Race to the Top'. And the second phase is already taking shape!"
This year, we celebrate World Soil Day amidst a global pandemic that’s testing the resilience of communities around the world. On top of that, we have all witnessed firsthand the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss, underscoring the importance of healthy ecosystems in transforming food systems.
By: Sharon Bligh, Director, Healthier Lives, The Consumer Goods Forum & Ignacio Gavilan, Director, Environmental Sustainability
At our recent Sustainable Retail Summit, the topics of food systems and healthy diets converged quite frequently, with many panellists pointing out where and how these two concepts overlap. Before this year’s SRS, we already knew that our global food systems are in serious need of repair.
Shortly before the pandemic hit, the World Wildlife Federation projected a 40% increase in plastic pollution over the next decade.1 The COVID-driven surge in takeout has made consumers and restaurants become more dependent on single-use plastic bags, containers and utensils due to health concerns prompted by the pandemic. As we continue to understand the impacts of plastic on the health of our planet, it is increasingly clear that we need to quickly move away from single-use plastics.
Sustainability is still part of sustaining the restaurant industry
BrightFarms Secures $100 Million Series E Round of Funding to Expand High-Tech Indoor Farming Across the U.S.
IRVINGTON, N.Y., Oct. 28, 2020 /3BL Media/ – BrightFarms, a leading next-generation indoor farming company supplying U.S. grocery retailers with packaged salad greens, has secured more than $100 million in debt and new equity capital to support robust expansion plans. The Series E round of funding was led by Cox Enterprises, which now owns a majority stake in the company, and includes a follow-on investment from growth equity firm Catalyst Investors.
Motivated by a combination of environmental sustainability and diversity in diet, consumers are driving changes to food patterns across the world. All it takes is a glance at restaurant menus or the refrigerated sections of grocery stores to see that plant-based food is likely more than a passing trend.