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Sustainability solutions: How the region’s food and nutrition industry is stepping up to the plate

New subscription service with carton recycling option in Philippines

Nestle Philippines has launched a Ready-To-Drink (RTD) Baon Subscription service which provides consumers with the option to return the packaging of delivered products to the company for recycling. Launched in partnership with the goodfood.ph e-commerce website, the subscription service is said to be the ‘first ever’ of its kind in the country and is currently only available on a monthly basis.

Consumers with a monthly subscription will get products delivered once a month, and subscribers may can return their used beverage cartons. Although there is no minimum order for the subscription, but Nestle has put into place four Ready-to-Drink plan options for consumers to choose from. Although the carton-return is optional, Nestle Philippines ‘highly encourages’ consumers to return cartons for recycling as much can be done with this recycled packaging.  

Cocoa sustainability a top target in Indonesia

Cargill is aiming to advance the digital transparency and traceability capabilities in its major Asian supplier nation of Indonesia, in an effort to augment both financial and physical transparency in the region. The company operates cocoa plantations in Indonesia, Brazil, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.

According to the 2017/2018 Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate Sustainability Report, over half of all Cargill’s Indonesian farmers had already switched to digital payment systems for financial transparency. Digital payment systems allow for secure and transparent movement of funds. They also provide farmers with almost immediate access to funds, so they can reinvest in their operations, households and communities.

In Indonesia, 55% of all farmers now receive premium payments through direct bank transfer. In terms of physical transparency, the firm is hoping to implement its ‘first-mile’ traceability technology and digital Coop Management System (CMS) in Indonesia. These have already been used to attain 100% cocoa bean traceability from farm-to-factory in Ghana.  

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