Bell Flavors & Fragrances has completed its 2019 Safe Quality Food (SQF) audit and has achieved its highest score yet of 99/100. For the ninth year in a row, Bell’s Northbrook, Ill., location has achieved SQF’s top rating of “Excellent.” The SQF program is a food safety and quality program that is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and retailers, brand owners, and foodservice providers worldwide.
To prepare for the SQF audit, Bell implemented new software for food safety, quality, and compliance assurance, which required many changes and relearning of everyday tasks. Having this in place streamlined the audit process.
Nestlé Waters has announced that the entire plastic bottle range for the Swiss mineral water brand Henniez is now made of 75% recycled PET plastic (rPET).
Ardent Mills, a flour-milling and ingredient company, has announced its acquisition of Andean Naturals’ quinoa sourcing, cleaning, and packaging operation in Yuba City, Calif.
Dow has launched its call for entries for the 2020 Packaging Innovation Awards, an annual competition to recognize original thinking that is transforming the packaging landscape through enhanced user experience and improved sustainability.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched the United Nations’ International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) for 2020, which aims to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.
A study published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics calculated that American households waste, on average, almost a third of the food they acquire—a value of $240 billion annually or $1,800+ per household/year.