May 17, 2020

Burger King Dropped Soda From its Kids Menu

Burger King
kids menus
food trends
consumer trends
Frazer Jones
2 min
Burger King Dropped Soda From its Kids Menu
Theres been a lot of fanfare over the past week from businesses taking a look at health and nutrition and cleaning up their acts—notably, McDonald...

There’s been a lot of fanfare over the past week from businesses taking a look at health and nutrition and cleaning up their acts—notably, McDonald’s and Costco Wholesale both announced plans to begin phasing out antibiotics from their poultry supply chains. But while they may have received a lot of attention, other brands were off making nonchalant changes of their own. For instance: while you weren’t looking, Burger King just dropped soft drinks from its Kids Menu boards like it was no big deal.

It looks like USA Today broke the news, reporting that menu boards will now suggest fat-free milk, low-fat chocolate milk, and 100 percent apple juice as a way to boost nutrition for Burger King’s more pint-sized customers:

Burger King made the change, "as part of our ongoing effort to offer our guests options that match lifestyle needs," said Alex Macedo, president of Burger King North America, in an e-mailed statement to USA TODAY.

 

Of course Burger King’s change doesn’t mean that soft drinks will be forbidden for those who really want them—it’s hard to imagine that soft drinks will ever be completely removed from a fast food menu. All that this means is that soda will no longer be the go-to default drink to accompany kid’s meals, suggesting a chance of pace and offering kids and their parents more choices than they once had.  Considering that even soft drink manufacturers have been rethinking the health of soft drinks, it’s not a bad plan for Burger King or its customers.

[SOURCE: USA Today via Slate]

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Jun 13, 2021

Tyson Foods 2050 net-zero target with no bargain on taste

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Food
protein
Agriculture
Helen Adams
3 min
The global protein company, Tyson Foods, has recognised its responsibility to the environment and aims to reduce emissions

Tyson Foods, a leading global protein company, aims to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across its global operations and supply chain by 2050. 

The company supplies 20% of the USA’s beef, pork and chicken and is best known for products such as Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm and BallPark.

As the first U.S.-based protein company to have an emissions reduction target approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), this ambition, in conjunction with the release of the company’s fiscal year 2020 Sustainability Progress Report, underscores the company’s commitment to help combat the urgency of the growing climate change crisis. 

 

Food giant Tyson will meet net-zero targets

The high level of meat and diary that humans consume is fuelling climate change for many reasons:

  • Gassy cows, sheep and goats are responsible for up to 14% of all greenhouse emissions.
  • 75% of agricultural land across the world is used for animal agriculture. This includes land for the animals to graze upon, as well as the land used for the crops which animals eat to grow in. The amount of land required leads to deforestation.

The move to net-zero is an expansion of Tyson Foods current science-based target of achieving a 30% GHG emissions reduction by 2030, which is aligned with limiting global temperature rise to 2.0c. 

As a global organisation with 239 facilities and 139,000 employees worldwide, achieving net-zero emissions is a large task, which will require a collective effort from every team member, in addition to external stakeholders.

Tyson Foods’ goals include:

  • For emissions to align with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5℃, consistent with the Paris Agreement, by the end of 2023.
  • Expanding the company’s current 5m acre grazing lands target for sustainable beef production practices by 2025.
  • Continuing work to eliminate deforestation risk throughout its global supply chain by 2030.

 

Tyson foods supports accountability and transparency

“We believe what good food can do for people and the planet is powerful. Our net-zero ambition is another important step in our work toward realising our aspiration to become the most transparent and sustainable food company in the world,” said Donnie King, Tyson Foods President and CEO. 

“At Tyson Foods, we believe progress requires accountability and transparency and we are proud to exemplify that as we work to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050,” said John R. Tyson, Chief Sustainability Officer, Tyson Foods. “As the first U.S.-based protein company in the food and beverage sector to have an emissions reduction target approved by the Science Based Targets initiative, we hope to continue to push the industry as a leader and remain committed to making a positive impact on our planet, with our team members, consumers and customers, and in the communities we serve.”

Tyson Foods’ new ambition, along with the company’s existing sustainability goals, is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which include:

Goal 2: ‘End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture’. 

Goal 15: ‘Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.’

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