Our food has both direct and indirect impacts on the environment when it is produced and transported. The environment is affected by retail operations and by waste generated in the consumer chain. A great deal is happening in the environmental area in the food industry. Production, packaging and transportation all have significant environmental impacts.

Unique method of wheat cultivation cuts environmental impact

”We have developed a new and more sustainable method of grain cultivation that cuts its environmental impact by 20 percent. So far, 70 000 tonnes of such wheat has been harvested in Sweden. It has cut carbon dioxide emissions by around 6,000 tonnes”, says Claes Johansson, Head of Sustainability at Lantmännen. Focus on the farm ”From field to fork,...

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Innovative bag for online grocery shopping

”Our business concept is to contribute to a more sustainable society through offering consumers and businesses cost-effective, environmentally-friendly and robust packaging solutions. Our product, the iFoodbag®, is an innovative carrier bag for which several worldwide patents are pending. It protects chilled and frozen food for up to 24 hours, and is suitable for retailers such as e-commerce companies selling...

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Online grocery shopping – an advantage for the environment

”Many in the food industry are frustrated with the large amounts of edible food that are thrown away instead of being used. Our business concept is to help suppliers and producers empty their stocks and sell their products online”, says Ulf Skagerström, one of the partners of Matsmart AB. (The company name means “food clever” in Swedish.) ”Matsmart deals...

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Coffee for the future

”Zoéga’s has offered dark roasted coffee to Swedish consumers for 130 years, but it is not a given that a cup of coffee will be as readily available in the future”, says Claus Boysen, Nordic Marketing Manager at Nescafé. Zoégas, Nescafé and Nespresso are all brands within the food and beverage group Nestlé, one of the world’s major purchasers...

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Beer with smaller climate impact

Our drinking habits and the beer market have changed a lot in recent years. Ten years ago, there were about 20 breweries operating in Sweden. Today, the number is closer to 190. In the 1970s, Systembolaget (the government owned chain of liquor stores with monopoly on alcohol sales in Sweden) offered 50 different kinds of beer. Now, thousands of...

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Future farming without sunlight

The EU-wide phase-out of incandescent light bulbs has created new business opportunities, and the lighting industry is going through rapid change. Progressive companies are embracing the new technologies developed in lighting, which both reduce energy consumption and allow for new attractive lighting installations. Light emitting diodes (LED) are especially well suited to create the spectral distribution and light dynamics...

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Synthetic foods

Industrial livestock production is associated with considerable greenhouse gas emissions, and with other environmental issues such as nutrient pollution. Efficiency measures often collide with the interest of animal welfare. Meanwhile, there is a need to increase global food production, and the demand for meat is rising. A possible solution to the dilemma is offered by synthetic biology. Alternative sources...

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Sustainable shrimp farming

Swedish company Vegafish has started cultivating jumbo shrimp together with food giant Findus. The shrimp are grown indoors in a closed aquaculture environment using waste heat and waste products. It is a well-tuned and environmentally efficient system that is growing globally in popularity. A flock of microorganisms process the system so well that water does not need circulation. The...

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Renewable drink packaging reaches consumers

“We have created the world’s first fully renewable packaging for dairy products and other beverages,” says Erik Lindroth, Environmental Director at Tetra Pak Nordics. “Finnish dairy producer Valio became the first company to use Tetra Rex® Bio-based packaging. This world premiere is one of many milestones in Tetra Pak’s long-term efforts to strengthen its product portfolio’s environmental performance and...

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Climate compensating consumer goods

“Our brand Garant Såklart [loosely translated: Guarantee Of course] is a new way of addressing climate concerns to minimize environmental impact,” says Åsa Domeij, responsible for environmental and social responsibility at Axfood. “The range includes body care and cleaning products like detergents.” “Currently, the range includes 20 products sold through Axfood channels. Free of perfumes and allergens, the range...

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The Swedish project Advantage Environment provides information about existing and future products designed to reduce environmental impacts.


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