Albertsons Companies Acquires Plated
Albertsons Companies, one of the nation’s largest grocery retailers, today announced the acquisition of Plated, a premier meal kit service. This move advances a shared strategy to reinvent the way consumers discover, purchase, and experience food. Plated will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Albertsons Cos. The transaction is expected to close later this month pending customary approvals. —–>Read more.
Kroger Announces Plan to Feed More and End Food Waste in its Stores
The Kroger Co. has announced a new, national effort aimed at ending hunger in the communities Kroger calls home and eliminating waste across the company by 2025. “No family in a community we serve should ever go hungry, and no food in a store we operate should ever go to waste,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s Chairman and CEO. —–> Read more.
Survey of Millennial Parents Indicates Future Growth for Organic
Twenty-five percent of the Millennials in America are parents. In the next 10 to 15 years, 80 percent of Millennials will be moms and dads. What this means for the organic market could be transformative.
A new and expanded survey on the organic attitude of U.S. families released September 14 by the Organic Trade Association shows that Millennials are big buyers of organic, and that becoming a parent will only deepen the strong affinity for organic shared by this powerful generation. —–>Read more.
Organic Trade Association Sues USDA to Advance Organic Livestock Standards
The Organic Trade Association is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture over its failure to put into effect new organic livestock standards.
“We are standing up on behalf of the entire organic sector to protect organic integrity, advance animal welfare, and demand the government keep up with the industry and the consumer in setting organic standards,” said Laura Batcha, Executive Director and CEO of the Organic Trade Association.
The suit alleges the U.S. Department of Agriculture violated the Organic Foods Production Act, and unlawfully delayed the effective date of the final livestock standards that were developed by industry and in accordance with the processes established by Congress, and with abusing the agency’s discretion by ignoring the overwhelming public record established in support of these organic standards. The trade association further contends that the Trump Administration’s regulatory freeze order issued to federal agencies on Jan. 20, 2017, should not apply to organic standards because they are voluntary and are required only of those farms and businesses that opt in to be certified organic. —–>Read more.
Rogue Creamery Honored as Best for the World
Today, Rogue Creamery was honored in the 2017 Best for the World Overall list which includes businesses that earned scores in the top 10 percent of more than 2,100 Certified B Corporations™ on the B Impact Assessment. Rogue Creamery has a conscious plan to be a leading example of a zero- impact food producer by 2021; the company looks not only within the company itself to integrate behavioral and operational change to reach sustainability goals but also to its suppliers and end users.
In addition, Rogue Creamery provides its sustainable templates to all businesses that inquire. The 176 Best for the World Overall honoree companies come from 75 different industries and 25 countries. —–> Read more.
Seventh Generation Commits to Action on Climate Change
Seventh Generation has become the 100th company to commit to climate action through the Climate Collaborative, a project of OSC2 and the Sustainable Food Trade Association launched in March of 2017 to catalyze bold action on climate change among natural products companies.
The Vermont-based, leading natural cleaning and personal care products company has been prioritizing climate action for decades and has a company-wide goal of sourcing all energy from non-fossil fuel sources by 2020. Today, as Natural Products Expo East kicks off in Baltimore, Maryland, the company announced additional climate commitments in packaging, renewable energy, policy engagement, and energy efficiency via the Climate Collaborative, joining more than 20 other companies in announcing new climate action commitments. —–> Read more.