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07 July 2008
This report aims to present an overview on progress made in the last year on the commitments made in the Waste Strategy for England 2007 (WS2007). It does not aim to rewrite the strategy or produce the next one. It highlights what has been achieved since the publication of the WS2007 and areas where there is still more to be done in achieving the waste vision of reducing waste by producing produ...
08 April 2008
The plastic shopping bag has emerged as ‘eco-enemy number one’ in the eyes of some media and environmental activists in the last few months. IGD considers what this means for the food and grocery industry, today and tomorrow. Plastic bags have become the arch-enemy of any self-respecting environmentally conscious shopper. They are regarded as a symbol of modern day consumer socie...
02 April 2008
- Defining food miles - Changes in food production and supply chain - Consequences of change - Food transportation increases emissions - The impact on the environment, society and economy - Helping to produce a low carbon food chain Defining food miles According to the Food Industry Sustainability Strategy (2006), the expression 'food miles' relates to the environmental and so...
21 November 2007
  Understand what a whole grain is Identify examples of whole grains Understand best practice with regard to whole grains and communications In 2006, IGD began work to identify and examine the barriers to whole grains and to identify and develop strategies to increase intakes. This document is one of the outputs of the group. Whole grains refer to the entire edible grain (incl...
10 October 2007
- Defining ethical consumerism - The size of the ethical market - The ethical food and beverage market Defining ethical consumerism Ethical consumerism can be defined as the practice of purchasing products and services produced in a way that minimises social and/or environmental damage, while avoiding products and services deemed to have a negative impact on society or the environme...
08 October 2007
- Defining supply chain food waste - Reasons for supply chain food waste - Unavoidable waste - The cost of the problem - The benefits of food waste minimisation Defining supply chain food waste Supply chain food waste is that produced during the production, processing and distribution of food to the end consumer. This kind of waste is disposed of in the commercial (or industrial...
10 September 2007
- The role of water in food production - The need to save water - Changes in water sourcing practices - Barriers to saving water - Assistance This factsheet looks at actual water use throughout the food and beverage supply chain. For information on the amount of water 'embedded' in the production of a product, see the ‘ Embedded Water in Food Production ’ factsheet. The r...
16 July 2007
Last updated July 2007 Find out how you can consistently meet the two case 'easy replenishment' rule with this free guide from IGD and ECR UK. In order to maximise shelf fill and accommodate retailer ready packaging 'easy replenishment' requirements, ECR UK has compiled a shelf sizes matrix to allow manufacturers to identify areas of commonality in given categories. The matrix of shelf d...
04 June 2007
- Defining packaging innovation - Why do we need packaging innovation? - Industry-driven innovation - Issues around innovation Defining packaging innovation Packaging innovation seeks to increase resource efficiency, eliminate waste and reduce environmental impact through improved design and the use of alternative materials. Why do we need packaging innovation? Packaging i...
29 May 2007
The ECR UK definition of Retail Ready Packaging (RRP) is to encourage the industry to: Focus on achieving target performance rather than just complying with design specifications; and, Utilise a broad range of packaging types rather than just jump to a conclusion like tray and shrink-wrap Retail Ready Packaging is easy to: Identify clear recognition of brand, product ...