The Australian retail website Australian Food News published the market research of Packaged Facts and The Hartman Group. In this market research they have discovered a close relationship between consumer perceptions of sustainability and food quality that could impact on shopping behaviour.
Sustainability means different things to different people. Asked to identify what the term means to them, consumers most frequently respond “the ability to last over time” and “the ability to support oneself”. Sustainability is also strongly associated with environmental concerns, whereby consumers are being challenged to develop and express an “eco-consciousness” in their daily habits and purchases. But using “eco-conscious” or “green” as synonymous with sustainability unduly limits the frame of reference; these older terms fail to acknowledge the variety of social, economic and environmental issues that real-world individuals believe to be important to sustaining themselves, their communities, and society at large.
Consequently, as consumers become more educated about the environmental, social, and economic implications of food and beverage choices, their health and wellness motivations dovetail with larger societal concerns. A close relationship develops between sustainability and emerging definitions of food quality, as consumers use sustainable attributes to infer food quality, and food quality to infer sustainability.
Source: Australian Food News
The Green Power Leadership Awards recognize the actions of organizations, programs and individuals that significantly advance the development of green power resources in on-site generation, green power purchase and Partner of the Year.
Kohl’s ranks second in retail, fourth overall and fourth among Fortune 500 companies on the EPA’s list of top Green Power Purchasers with a 2009 green power purchase of 600,990,000 kilowatt hours, which is enough to meet 50 percent of the company’s purchased electricity use. Kohl’s ranks ninth on EPA’s list of Green Power Partners that generate and consume the most green power on-site with 19,126,000 kilowatt hours of on-site green power usage from solar.
1. Organic plant products contain more dry matter (more nutrient dense)
2. Organic plant products have higher levels of minerals
3. Organic plant products contain more anti-oxidants such as phenols and salicylic acid (known to protect against cancers, heart disease and many other health problems)
4. Carbohydrate, protein and vitamin levels are insufficiently documented
5. 94-100% of organic foods do not contain any pesticide residues
6. Organic vegetables contain far less nitrates, about 50% less
7. Organic cereals contain similar levels of mycotoxins as conventional ones
8. Organically-bred cattle have more lean meat and more polyunsaturated fatty acids than their conventional counterparts
9. Organic chicken fillets contain 2-3 times less fat and are significantly higher in n-3 fatty acid content (with reported anti-cancer effects and other health benefits).
The full scientific report can be found at swroc.cfans.umn.edu/organic/ASD_Lairon_2009.pdf
A recycling initiative launched at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre is expected to significantly reduce waste to landfill by enabling shoppers to recycle.Thursday’s official launch of the program at the Queensland mall is the first of a national roll out in a joint initiative led by the Packaging Stewardship Forum (PSF) of the Australian Food and Grocery Council and supported by the Queensland Government, the National Packaging Covenant and Lend Lease managed shopping centres nationally.
A new recycling initiative was launched today at the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre in Queensland, Australia, marking the beginning of a national rollout that is expected to result in hundreds of tonnes of beverage packaging being diverted away from landfill.
The combined industry and government initiative, which will see improved recycling infrastructure and signage in food courts and more efficient back-of-house management systems, has been led by the Packaging Stewardship Forum (PSF) of the Australian Food and Grocery Council and supported by the Queensland Government, the National Packaging Covenant and Lend Lease managed shopping centres.
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The results of the 2009 annual assessment conducted by SAM (the Swiss investment group) together with Dow Jones Indexes and STOXX Ltd were announced late last week.
Unilever achieved an overall score of 81% for their social, economic and environmental contribution, measured across 22 performance criteria.
The company earlier launched the Eerlijk is Heerlijk-campaign (honoust is delicious), where Unox is seeking to work with as much natural ingredients as possible. The vegetables which are used for the soups are all cultivated biologically. To guarantee the biological claim, the company works with the strict SKAL-certificates, an independent organization looking and awarding biological production methods and ingredients.
Each biological soup product will be foreseen of the EKO-quality brand.