November 28, 2022 — A study commissioned by Kerry found that upcycled cheese powder provides impressive environmental benefits without sacrificing taste. The product carbon footprint (PCF) shows that upcycled cheese powders have 45% lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than standard cheese powder, reducing food waste.
The ability to avoid greenhouse gas emissions presents an important opportunity for food companies that want to improve the sustainability status of their products and create products that taste great while reducing scope 3 carbon emissions.
talk to FoodIngredientsBeforeCarmel Collins, global portfolio manager for Dairy Taste for Kerry, says upcycled foods prevent food from going to landfills and prevent additional unnecessary emissions.
“This is a huge advantage as food manufacturers are actively looking to reduce scope 3 carbon emissions and improve the sustainability positions of their products. Brands are increasingly sharing their stories with consumers to demonstrate that they are making a conscious effort to create products that are more environmentally sustainable, that taste great,” he explains.
According to data from Innova Market Insights, 44% of consumers are willing to pay extra for products that help fight food waste, and one-third of consumers agree that upcycled materials are more appealing to them.
“So it’s not surprising that we’re seeing a demand for these products here in Kerry,” says Collins.
“Cheese is wasted throughout the supply chain in the industry,” he continues. “At Kerry, we are uniquely positioned to turn this cheese into high-quality, shelf-stable cheese powders that deliver a real cheese flavor, thanks to our new sourcing model, scientific skills and technical capabilities.”
By doing this, Collins believes Kerry “maximizes the potential of the food source and the resources needed to produce cheese, while minimizing food waste.”
appeal to consumers
PCF demonstrates that Kerry’s cheese powders offer lower-carbon solutions for their customers’ products. According to the company, this is a great attraction for consumers looking for upcycled products that are both better for the environment and great taste.
“We’re focused on creating cheese powders from upcycled cheese because it allows us to have a positive impact on the environment while delivering great tasting dairy products that are better for our people and the planet,” says Collins.
“The synergy of our verified supply chain, scientific expertise and manufacturing capability allows us to create wonderfully delicious cheese powders that reduce food waste and allow our customers to position their products sustainably,” he adds.
Kerry’s vision for future food
According to Collins, Kerry wants to be her customers’ most valuable partner by creating a sustainable nutrition world.
“Sustainable nutrition refers to our ability to provide positive and balanced nutrition solutions that help preserve health while protecting people and the planet. A key component of achieving this goal is ensuring that our innovation strategies are focused on meeting the industry’s biggest challenges.”
“To achieve this and to align with the Paris Agreement, which limits global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius, we have set several ambitious targets. For example, we have increased our initial targets for Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions reductions from 33% to 55% by 2030.”
This goal reinforces Kerry’s Beyond the Horizon sustainability strategy and commitments, including the goal of halving food waste and reaching more than two billion people with sustainable nutrition solutions by 2030.
With the UN estimating that one-third of all food is wasted, Kerry has also recently launched the Food Waste Estimator, which allows consumers and producers to measure and understand the financial and environmental impact of reducing food waste in the food chain or at home.
In addition, the forecaster allows food manufacturers to determine the impact they can have in reducing global food waste by using shelf-life extension technology in their portfolio.
By Elizabeth Green
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