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Top Trends Series – Trend #3

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“The Sustain Domain” takes the third spot on Innova Market Insights’ Top Ten Trends for 2020.

Sustainability is increasingly top of mind for everyone, with consumers now more than ever expecting companies to prioritize sustainability. Research from Innova Market Insights show that 87% of global consumers expected companies to invest in sustainability in 2019, up from 65% in 2018. Furthermore, over half of consumers stated that they would pay more for products devoted to solving sustainability issues, according to results of a 2019 survey from Accenture. This shift in consumer expectations, with the willingness to pay extra for greener products, presents opportunities for companies to deliver products that offer solutions. The two large areas of concern for consumers in the Food and Beverage industry are renewable energy sources and waste reduction, which includes plastic recycling as well as fighting food waste.


Ask your Quadra Account Manager about our sustainable solutions, including these and many more:


Solutions for Waste reduction with Upcycling or Waste Stream Ingredients:

  • Shelf-life extending solutions to help reduce food waste
  • KMC – Potato protein, extracted from potato residue of starch production previously used for low-value animal feed or simply thrown out as waste
  • Fiberstar – Citri-Fi® products, waste stream ingredient sourced from byproduct of citrus juicing industry, using a process that reuses water and is free of chemical modifications
  • Tree Top – Apple Powder & Puree, produced from unattractive fruits otherwise destined for landfill (well-established upcycling practice for farms to seek secondary markets for these crops
  • Beneo – Rice Starch, produced from waste stream of rice flour production
  • Beneo – Rice Protein, by-product of rice flour and starch production
  • Glanbia – Pea Protein, by-product of pea starch production for vermicelli noodles
  • Glanbia – Whey Protein, well-established waste stream ingredient from cheese production
  • Parmalat – Whey Derivatives, well-established waste stream ingredient from cheese production


Solutions to Energy & Resource Consumption:

  • Budenheim México is producing phosphates for global markets using clean energy thanks to their installation of an environmentally friendly photovoltaic power system and 54 solar panels. These and other measures now allow the facility to obtain 20% of their energy needs from environmentally friendly sources.
  • JB Cocoa is UTZ Chain of Custody Certified, and therefore committed to sustainable farming practices, labor and human rights, notably child and forced labor, and the environment. UTZ is the largest program for sustainable farming of cocoa in the world (as of 2014) and covers good agricultural practices, social and living conditions, farm management, and the environment
  • Roquette has implemented a sustainable development approach applicable to all its worldwide activities, with a commitment to 2025 targets of ensuring that 70% of their projects meet the criteria of “sustainable chemistry” and that 80% of the new solutions offered to their customers from the same projects meet the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN.
  • Avena Foods’ milling facility (located in Manitoba) processes are zero-waste. Furthermore, the inclusion of beans or lentils in meat-based products can reduce its carbon foot print as beans and lentils have been shown to emit less than 10% of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with beef and lamb production.
  • Glanbia has zero waste to landfill for their Glanbia Performance Nutrition manufacturing sites as of 2018, the result of their engagement towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, also reaching a company wide reduction in energy consumption (- 7%) and water usage intensity (-24%) from their 2015 baseline.
  • Tate & Lyle and Land O’Lakes Joint SUSTAIN initiative to help bolster sustainability on 1.5 million acres of U.S.-grown corn. “Using best-in-class technology and sustainability solutions from Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN, U.S. Midwest corn farmers will be helped to more effectively target and measure the impact of efforts to protect the environment.”
  • Beneo uses multiple-effect evaporators to remove water from the dry mass of its raw materials. This allows them to re-use the energy six (6) times, and allows one tonne of steam to evaporate seven tonnes of water, compared to just one tonne of water with other processors used by the food industry