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A global pandemic forced business to re-evaluate how it defines risk. Julia Seddon writes a similar rethink is needed for climate and water risks to be assessed like any other business risk.

The US and Europe could reach "peak meat" by 2025, a report on the alternative protein sector says. Venture capital firm Blue Horizon and Boston Consulting Group found alternative plant-, microorganism-, and animal cell-based proteins could account for 22 per cent of the entire protein market by 2035.

Widespread food fraud and significant supply chain disruption are driving greater risks for global beverage brands, a report by Lloyd’s Register says.

Yume, the B2B online marketplace for surplus food, has won a Banksia Award for its leadership in the food waste arena.

A student-led team from Monash University has taken out a silver award at the global WorldStar Student Awards for its packaging design made from peanut husks.

The health and wellbeing Naturally Good Expo is back, after being one of many to cancel in 2020 due to COVID-19. It will be held on 30-31 May at Sydney’s International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour.

The Australian Institute of Packaging has launched its first industry-wide training program aimed at improving the Cold Chain credentials of those working in chilled and frozen food supply.

As the markets closed on Friday afternoon, Freedom Foods Group lodged its recapitalisation plans. On Monday, its trading halt ended and shareholders raced to the exit.

The arrival of our March 2021 issue not only signals the year is underway – if anyone was in any doubt – it also heralds our return to a monthly format after the year that was 2020. So, it seems fitting to have a Schmitz Cargobull truck and trailer on our cover – we’re going places!

Frucor Suntory has released its inaugural sustainability report, Growing for Good. Head of sustainability Ben Walkley says it reflects achievements since setting goals in 2017 and what lies ahead.

Mars Wrigley Australia has appointed Chris Georgiou as its supply chain director. The company said Georgiou will drive the company’s supply chain transformation.

Mushrooms, alternative alcohol, digital health and merchandise are four of the fastest-growing sectors for start-ups and small businesses in 2021, according to global creative platform 99designs by Vistaprint.

The federal government’s $1.5 billion investment in the Modern Manufacturing Strategy will see a significant increase in locally made components and machinery, SAI Global forecasts.

Mixer beverage brand Fever-Tree has recorded an 88 per cent growth in the Australian market in 2020 as the trend for premium spirits and mixed drinks increased. Fever-Tree general manager ANZ Andy Gaunt said the growth experienced during COVID-19 lockdowns has continued.

SPC has launched its ready meal business The Good Meal Company in Tasmania. SPC bought the company when it acquired its parent outfit Kuisine Co in October 2020.

Greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, 100 per cent renewable energy and zero GHG emissions by 2050 headline Coles Group’s latest sustainability strategy ‘Together to Zero’. Its ultimate goal is zero emissions, waste and hunger.