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Sustainability in food and retail

Sep 29th 2011, 08:06

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Sustainability in food and retail

Regulations set by the Consumer Protection Act have businesses in the food industry scrambling to ensure that their product packaging meets all the necessary requirements before the deadline in March 2012. An off-set to this is that consumers will become more aware of what food products contain and how they are sourced. One retailer and a few food producers are taking it a step further to ensure that their offerings come from sustainable supply chain, keeping their offerings in the best interests of the consumer and those involved in producing it.

Woolworths, a leader in sustainable development, has announced its inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) earlier this month, making it “the only South African retailer and one of only five South African companies to be listed on the DJSI.” (Woolworths added to Sustainability Index).

Ocean King’s Portuguese Sardines have recently been backed by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). This endorsement indicates that the sardines are sourced from a fishery that complies with the MSC’s strict requirements. (Ocean King Portuguese Sardines – now MSC certified).

Stellar Winery and multi-estate has obtained a fair trade certification from Fair for Life, which ensures that both workers and surrounding communities of the winery enjoy greater benefits from its activities.

Ethical product sourcing is a practise that retailers, and food producers, need to implement right away as consumers are becoming more aware of their rights and what’s in their interests. If they feel that a product is not sourced ethically, there is a great chance that they will vote with their feet and abandon the retailer, or food brand they disapprove.

Wendy Smith

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