Sustainability - Member Interest Group

Sustainability applied to food and drink is a wide-ranging and continually evolving topic that is receiving increasing attention. This MIG will keep up to date on developments and research related to sustainability topics with relevance to the food, drink, and allied industries. It is of interest to the whole food and drink supply chain. The aim of this MIG is to provide a collaborative environment in which challenges and solutions can be discussed. It is also an ideal forum for networking, horizon-scanning, identifying gaps in knowledge and addressing them, as well as keeping up to date with legislation, latest research, and other upcoming topics.

Chair: Ryan McNeill, Nestlé
Vice-Chair: Imogen Christmas, Fyffes Group Ltd

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Typical topics of interest:

Environmental protection

  • Water and effluent
  • Net zero
  • Waste management and valorisation
  • Carbon emissions, energy use and energy generation
  • Metering, measuring and KPI’s for water, effluent, and energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Environmental footprint (water, carbon...)
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Economic viability

  • Sources of energy
  • Supply chains and logistics
  • Alternative raw materials
  • Circular economy
  • Legislation and industry standards
  • Innovation

Social equity

  • Ethical labour
  • Best practice for employers in the food industry
  • Fair treatment of all people regardless of background
  • Access to food industry education

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