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News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry | April 12, 2012

Special Report: Striving for a greener Earth, Part 2
Earth Day, April 22, is just one day, but it serves as a reminder to keep sustainable practices top-of-mind all year long.

Part 1 of this report, published Tuesday, included a Q-and-A with General Mills Director of Customer Sustainability Bob Branham. In this part, below, we'll share some stories of how companies are promoting green practices -- both for Earth Day and the other 364 days of the year.

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  Earth Day in the News 
  • Earth Day contest by Safeway encourages sustainability
    A Safeway contest challenges students to study local-food sustainability. The Go Green Glogster Earth Day contest, in partnership with the Go Green Initiative, asks students to produce podcasts, music, videos or photos to report their findings. The winning school will get an organic garden from Safeway, plus cash prizes. Supermarket News (4/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Artist to create giant Earth Day salad
    Performance artist Alison Knowles will chop masses of vegetables and create a salad to a Mozart beat, serving the results to hungry New Yorkers in honor of Earth Day. Knowles first performed her piece, "Make a Salad," in Baltimore in 1962. The Daily Meal (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Sustainability Best Practices 
  • Elevation Brands promotes "food that matters"
    A Framingham, Mass.-based company called Elevation Brands has launched with a mission to source, manufacture and promote healthy, sustainable food. "Consumers are increasingly aware that the key to solving a number of health and environmental challenges facing the world today lies in what we choose to eat," said CEO Chuck Marble. MetroWest Daily News (Framingham, Mass.) (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How some Portland food companies are growing more sustainable
    Several Portland, Ore., food companies were recognized for their sustainability efforts with BEST awards from Sustainability at Work. This year's winners included NatureBake, which bakes bread using locally sourced ingredients, and ARAMARK-owned Pacificwild Catering, which serves sustainable food on a large scale at several city venues. (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Marine-turned-farmer teaches other vets how to grow
    San Diego veteran Colin Archipley turned his hand to farming after two tours in Iraq, starting organic farm Archi's Acres with his wife, Karen. The pair is also part of a growing movement to turn other soldiers into farmers, helping them make the transition to civilian life and infuse the aging farm industry with new blood. The Bay Citizen (San Francisco) (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  GMA Resources 
  • Special Earth Day registration discount for October Sustainability Summit
    The Food Marketing Institute and GMA will host the Sustainability Summit Oct. 3-5, in Washington, D.C., where companies can gain the tools, connections and proactive solutions to take their sustainability programs to the next level. Register for the 2012 Sustainability Summit between April 22 and April 27 to receive 10% off your registration fee. Get more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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