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Newsletter #3: Sustainable Food
July, 2016 
Greetings <<First Name>>,
 
The Sustainability Management Association (SMA) is growing! SMA is a 501c6 nonprofit organization funded by membership. We are not grant funded. Our board of directors and executive director are all volunteers. We volunteer our time as experts from diverse backgrounds to bring together professionals who are managing sustainability.
 
SMA has a clear mission to offer educational opportunities in how to manage for the Triple Bottom Line of People, Planet, and Profit. There are several ways we offer education. The first is that SMA offers frequent free webinars open to the public so managers can learn how to manage sustainability within an organization and throughout the value chain. Our members share their expertise, experience, and trials and tribulations in managing sustainability.
 
The most important service we offer is an accreditation in sustainability management as a Sustainability Management Certified Professional (SMCP). The certification covers management methodologies that are relevant to any industry or sector. So even if you work in energy, or water, or pollution abatement, or solid waste management, facilities management, or human resources management the certification exam will cover management of your organization to realize cost savings from sustainability and investment in long-term planning. The exam was designed by industry professionals that are common sense techniques that any organization, big or small, can implement right away. some of these methodologies include:
  • Closed loop management
  • Triple Bottom Line as a strategic priority
  • Environment metrics and reporting
  • Social responsibility metrics and reporting
  • Sustainability audits and assessments
  • Creating policies and procedures
  • Working with internal and external stakeholders to achieve project management goals
  • 3rd party certifying bodies, such as FSC, MSC, LEED GA, USDA Organic, Green Seal, Energy Star, etc.
  • Techniques to report and communicate progress, such as GRI Reporting and using metrics to tell your story
We hope that one day there will no longer be a need to assist managers in practical ways to manage sustainability strategy. We hope that simultaneously managing for people, planet, and profit will become mainstream and status quo. Each one of our members is on a journey. Together, we will get there. 
 
I personally invite you to learn more about the Sustainability Management Association. Let us tell your story and let our members network with you. 
 
Thank you to each and every one of you for making a positive difference every single day!
 
Angela Casler
Executive Director
Sustainability Management Association
acasler@sustainabilityma.org
www.sustainabilityma.org
 
Premier Mushrooms Inc. Story 
Biomass Plant - Premier Using Biomass-powered Generators 


Premier Mushrooms Inc.
Premier Mushrooms Inc. in Colusa, California is now generating 30 percent of its electrical power using combined heat and power (CHP) biomass-powered generators, company officials announced on April 23, 2015. The generators capture a local agricultural waste stream and convert it into a power source for the farm. 

Walnut and almond
shells as well as other crop by-products are considered agricultural waste. With this system, they can be utilized to displace energy generated from non-renewable sources. In other words, it displaces energy from the electric grid.   Learn more.
Del Monte Foods, Inc Story 
Partnering with Growers  



Del Monte Foods, Inc
Del Monte Foods, Inc. uniquely collaborates with its growers. Del Monte contracts with 900 farmers across North America, and about 90 percent of the food produced is grown in the U.S.  Their crops are locally sourced and travel less than an average of 100 miles from the field to the manufacturing gate, and an average of 350 miles from distribution center to retailer.  Many growers are 3rd generation Del Monte growers, especially in fruit where some families that have grown for Del Monte for over 70 years.  Tomato growers have a shorter tenure, but many have grown for 30 plus years.  Vegetable growers have been with Del Monte in an excess of 20 years, with less than two percent turnover year-to-year.
 
To support the Del Monte growers, the company has a dedicated agricultural Seed Operations research team.  Seeds produced by the Seed Operations team are bred naturally, with no genetic engineering.  The team carefully selects plants that exhibit desirable traits to produce stronger crops through traditional breeding techniques.  Seeds for peas, beans, corn, and spinach are ones that originate from varieties bred to exhibit beneficial characteristics such as high yield, hardiness, and pest-resistance.
Thesecharacteristics in turn reduce the overall environmental footprint.
 
The Seed Operations team provide Del Monte growers with the majority of seeds for certain crops, including peas; Blue Lake, Romano, and wax beans; corn; and spinach. Through this process, the overall yield per acre for corn and green beans has increased. For example, the yield for corn was 43% greater from 2000 vs. 2014. Learn more.
Smart Planet Technologies Story 
Innovative Environmental Composite Materials  


Smart Planet Technologies
Smart Planet Technologies is a materials engineering and intellectual property company with innovations in packaging technology. Paperboards with food contact such as freezer packaging, paper cups, takeout trays are traditionally coated with 100% polyethylene, which makes the materials very difficult to recycle. As a result, these items typically are disposed of in a landfill and are estimated to equal 1.2 million tons in the US.  Smart Planet's EarthCoating is a drop-in replacement to the 100% polyethylene coating, and is engineered for recyclability. This makes the packages a paper recyclable material.
 
Paperboard barrier packages that use EarthCoating as an alternative to traditional plastic coatings often qualify for the "widely recycled" How2Recycle mark. A simple change in coating resin solves an enormous global problem for the environment and provides the recycling industry with a valuable paperboard material to recycle instead of landfill.
 
Over 50 billion paper cups, equating to over 650,000 tons of virgin paper cup stock, are sent to US landfills each year. "reCUP" uses EarthCoating, a highly-mineralized resin barrier coating engineered for recyclability. It is just one product used by many businesses across the globe. Today, green entrepreneurs are creating solutions for food packaging and consumer packaged goods. The repulpability report compares traditional poly-coated cups vs. EarthCoating cups and can be found using the following link: http://smartplanettech.com/repulping-and-recyclability-report-for-paperboard-with-ec-40/
Learn more.
Other Case Studies 
Federal Trade Commission -  
Updating Fair Packaging and Labeling Rules 





Source: FTC news

At Congress’ request, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) studied the packaging and labeling problems that consumers faced as they tried to smartly shop for “consumer commodities.” Consumer commodities are defined as those things fully used up in the shopper’s home, other than items government agencies regulate, like food and alcohol).

The FTC ultimately issued regulations on how companies had to package and label their products to benefit consumers, without undue burden on business. No longer will shoppers need to wear Mr. Magoo’s glasses in store aisles – the regulations told companies they had to identify the product, its quantity, and its source in a specific way and at a particular place on the package.   Learn more.

Federal Trade Commission -  
Issues Revised "Green Guides" 





Source: FTC news

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued revised “Green Guides” that are designed to help marketers ensure the claims they make about the environmental attributes of their products are truthful and non-deceptive.

The revisions to the FTC’s Green Guides reflect a wide range of public input, including hundreds of consumer and industry comments on previously proposed revisions.  They include updates to the existing Guides, as well as new sections on the use of carbon offsets, “green” certifications and seals, and renewable energy and renewable materials claims.​ Learn more.

Innovations and Trends in Plastic Food Packaging  







Source:
Area Development Food Processing

One of the largest uses of plastics globally is for food and beverage packaging.  This application is expected to grow in the future. In fact, demand for rigid plastic food containers is forecast to advance 5 percent annually to $5.4 billion in 2017, representing 118 billion units. 

According to the Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry market research firm, growth in rigid plastic container demand will outpace the overall food container average based on its advantages over glass, metal, and paperboard alternatives. There are a number of reasons for this increase in demand such as plastics-processing technology improvements including advances in co-extrusion techniques that provide oxygen barrier systems, heat resistance, and other performance characteristics. Learn more.

Clean Label: Going Green  




Source:
New Food - Labelling

Interest in naturally nutritious ingredients and a return to basics has led to increasing consumption of green foods, including green vegetables such as kale, as well as grasses and seaweed.

While a traditional vegetable of long standing in many parts of the world, including Europe, Africa and China, kale declined in popularity as a wider range of alternatives started to appear. More recently, rising interest in healthy eating and winter-time availability have regenerated interest in its use, with its nutritional benefits and attractive colorful appearance attracting a whole new range of consumers. Learn more.

Super Growth for "Super" Foods  




Source: Mintel.com

Superfoods are frequently marketed as the answer to our health woes and now new research from Mintel highlights the popularity of these nutrient packed foods. Mintel GNPD (Global New Products Database) reveals that between 2011 and 2015 there was a phenomenal 202 percent increase globally in the number of new food and drink products launched containing the terms “superfood”, “superfruit” or “supergrain”.

It seems there is no end to the popularity of these so called wonder foods. In 2015 alone, there was a 36 percent rise in the number of food and drink products launched globally featuring the terms “superfood”, “superfruit” or “supergrain”. In 2015, the US played host to the most “super” food and drink launches (30 percent), followed by Australia (10 percent), Germany (7 percent), the UK (6 percent) and Canada (6 percent). Learn more.

In This Issue
* Premier Mushrooms Inc.
   Story


Biomass Plant - Premier Using Biomass-powered Generators

* Del Monte Foods, Inc Story

Partnering with Growers

* Smart Planet Technologies Story

Innovative Environmental Composite Materials

* Other Case Studies

Federal Trade Commission - Updating fair packaging and labeling rules​

Federal Trade Commission - FTC Issues Revised "Green Guides"

Innovations and Trends in Plastic Food Packaging

Trends in Food Packaging

Clean Label: Going Green

Super Growth for "Super" Foods
 

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