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News for Food Industry Leaders | April 12, 2012

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

Part I of this report, published Tuesday, included a question-and-answer session with General Mills Director of Customer Sustainability Bob Branham. In Part II, we'll share stories of how companies are promoting green practices, for Earth Day and for the other 364 days of the year.

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  FMI Resources 
  • Supporting sustainable seafood in the industry
    To address evolving sustainability opportunities in the industry, FMI created the Sustainable Seafood Retailer Toolkit. Produced by FMI's Sustainable Seafood Committee, comprising 22 retail seafood executives, this toolkit demonstrates how to integrate and implement policies and procedures for sustainable-seafood procurement. Receive the toolkit during FMI2012 at the Sustainability Solutions Center or after the retail show at Email this Story
  • Will you be at FMI2012?
    Don't forget to stop by the Sustainability Solutions Center on the show floor at Booth 4732. Email this Story
  • Sustainability Summit: Earth Day special registration rate
    FMI's annual Sustainability Summit is scheduled Oct. 3 to 5 in Washington, D.C. A special rate of 10% off your registration is available until Earth Day, April 22. Learn more and register. Email this Story
  • Want to find more sustainable resources?
    Visit to locate more free tool kits and guides to help build sustainability initiatives. Email this Story
Pass it on. Cans are America's most recycled packaging. Go to to download our 2011 sustainability report.
  Earth Day In The News 
  • P&G campaign encourages consumers to wash in cold water
    Procter & Gamble introduced the "Take a Load Off" campaign, part of the company's conservation-education initiative Future Friendly, to commemorate Earth Day and educate consumers about the benefits of washing clothes in cold water. The company aims to convert 70% of washing machine loads to cold water by 2020 and is using the campaign to promote Tide detergent formulated for cold water. (4/3) Email this Story
  • Eco-friendly awareness grows in Conn. town
    Residents in Greenwich, Conn., are increasingly aware of a need to recycle, said recycling-event organizers Joanne Clark and Sally Davis. A single-stream recycling program launched last year has raised awareness, said Clark and Davis, who scheduled townwide sneaker- and paper-recycling drives this month to celebrate Earth Day. (Conn.) (3/29) Email this Story
 Download Our Free Sustainability Report.
Download “Passing On a Better World: 2011 Can Manufacturing Sustainability Report” to see what package holds the “most recycled” title in America. Like what you see? Pass it on. Sustainability is a goal we all share. Go to to download your report.

  Sustainability Best Practices 
  • Chicago plans to grow sustainable urban garden
    Chicago will use a $1.5 million state grant to convert a former meat-packing plant into a massive sustainable urban agricultural project, complete with underground farming, outdoor growing areas and a brewery. The Plant will be powered by a system that will turn 27 tons of food waste from nearby businesses into fuel each day. (4/5) Email this Story
  • 5 ways to get executives hooked on CSR reporting
    Selling reporting of corporate social responsibility to a company's top executives is always a challenge, writes Bushra Azhar. The key is to play down the element of public scrutiny and focus on competitive advantages of being transparent about environmental and social impact. "Nobody wants to be judged," Azhar writes. "Your job is to tell them that a report is more than a report card." Good Business Sense (Saudi Arabia) (3/31) Email this Story
  • Diners have an appetite for green restaurants
    Four-fifths of diners surveyed said they would rather eat at a restaurant certified as eco-friendly, Green Restaurant Association CEO Michael Oshman said. The trend is driving a surge in demand for certification under the association's Certified Green Restaurants program, which caters to large chain restaurants as well as independent eateries. (4/2) Email this Story
  • How Portland, Ore., food companies are growing more sustainable
    Several Portland, Ore., food companies were recognized for their sustainability efforts with Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow Awards from Sustainability at Work. This year's winners include 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) Email 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) Email this Story

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