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Essentially Catering Magazine - March 2020

        Industry News

        Nestlé ups its sustainable goals

        Nestlé has announced that it will invest up to £1.6 billion to lead the shift from virgin
        plastics to food-grade recycled plastics and to accelerate the development of innovative
        sustainable packaging solutions.
          Building on its 2018 commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by
        2025, Nestlé will reduce its use of virgin plastics by one third in the same period while working
        with others to advance the circular economy and endeavour to clean up plastic waste from
        oceans, lakes and rivers.
          “Packaging innovation, including new materials, refill systems and recycling solutions, is
        another key challenge on the path towards a waste-free future,” said Mark Schneider, CEO of
        Nestlé. “In addition to our in-house research through the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, we will launch a £2 million
        sustainable packaging venture fund to invest in start-up companies that focus on these areas.”
          These two initiatives come in addition to Nestlé’s ongoing efforts in research, sourcing and manufacturing to make its
        packaging recyclable or reusable and contribute to its goal to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. As part
        of the company’s packaging commitment and to increase transparency, Nestlé will continue to outline further initiatives and
        provide regular progress updates.

          12 million

          Brits aim to be

          meat-free by 2021

          12 million Brits (23% of the population) say they will
          be vegetarian, vegan or pescatarian by 2021, according
          to the annual diet intentions research from shopping
          comparison website
             With 6.7 million saying they follow a completely meat-free
          diet already, this would mean 5.3 million join them over the
          next 12 months - a growth of 79%.
             The vegetarian diet is set to be the most popular diet to take
          up. Over 2.5 million Brits are hoping to cut out meat and fish
          by the end of this year, which would take the total number of
          vegetarians to almost 6 million.
             This is followed by 1.7 million who say they will become
          pescatarian and will join the 2.1 million of Brits who currently avoid
          meat but eat fish.
             Over a million people intend to become vegan over the next 12
          months, with this trend following on from a successful year for the
          dietary lifestyle. Finder’s research estimates that since the start of 2019,
          the number of vegans in the UK increased by 419,000 (62%). This trend is
          set to keep growing: the number of vegans is expected to double by the end
          of 2021 - 2.2 million vs 1.1 million.
             Click here to see the full research, including breakdowns of which diets are
          the most popular in the UK.

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