Food loss and waste take center stage

Food loss and waste take center stage

Homera’s Bob Hoffman delivered an eye-popping overview of the world’s food loss-and-waste crisis, and opportunity, on September 27 at the Food Tech Summit in Mexico City, where he called attention to the $1 trillion wasted every year as 1.3 trillion tons of food is lost in the production process and wasted at the retail and consumption stage. Learn more in this story and let’s all do our part to end this scourge and feed far more of our hungry and malnourished.

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Just out: your free HVC Sustainability Toolkit eBook

Just out: your free HVC Sustainability Toolkit eBook

Now available FREE for small and midsize businesses everywhere: the exclusive HVC Sustainability Toolkit eBook, bringing together leading-edge best practices used and proven for years by large enterprises, plus exciting new strategies developed only for this platform. HOLISTIC VALUE CHAIN offers the very latest, whether you do it yourself or use Team HOMERA as your guide. Check out the free eBook without delay, and here's to your enduring and profitable transformation.

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Where food meets tech meets sustainability

Where food meets tech meets sustainability

When a 4-day trade show at the Anaheim Convention Center draws more than 85,000 participants and 3,500 exhibitors, you know the industry has matured and represents an important part of our daily lives. So it is with natural and organic food, judging from the Natural Products Expo West held last week, March 7-11. Homera, naturally, was present, and we witnessed a remarkable display not just of brands, but of energy, enthusiasm and optimism. Ours is an industry on the move, out to improve people's lives and health as we also reduce food's ecological footprint. Here are some highlights from the Expo.

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May the organic tipping point begin

May the organic tipping point begin

Tipping point is right! This is clearly an inflection moment in organic food at a global level, with demographic trends and growing economies around the world pointing squarely at rapid growth in 2018 and in the coming years. Companies and academia are on the task, developing and commercializing an exciting string of significant innovations to feed that appetite, as reported by a series of recent research reports. We bring you some of them in this post.

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When it comes to stakeholder engagement, let it flow

When it comes to stakeholder engagement, let it flow

This is the fifth post of the five-part series on Homera's exclusive HVC Toolkit for small and midsize businesses (SMBs), a segment that has long lagged in sustainability adoption and implementation for lack of an easy-to-execute affordable method. In this one, we go over HVC Stakeholders, a way of engaging the 13 audiences with a stake in your business. We present this building block fifth because it takes people to enable the first four and power them to optimal results. This is how.

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Your future depends on these 3 changes. Welcome to Context.

Your future depends on these 3 changes. Welcome to Context.

The new normal is here. It's at the intersection of market change, social change and climate change, a web of complexities and opportunities captured by the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as by no other framework on Earth. At Homera, we've placed the 17 at the heart of Context, one of the building blocks of our Holistic Value Chain (HVS) sustainability toolkit and the one featured in this post. Because in today's context, no business is an island, to paraphrase Donne. No company thrives if it can't compete, if society fails, or if the climate balance goes out of whack. And the only way to deal with change is with collaboration.

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Following Champions 12.3 lead in LatAm

Following Champions 12.3 lead in LatAm

Three months after joining Friends of Champions 12.3, we bring you an update not just of some of the initiatives this marvelous food-waste organization is engaged in, but also a bit of our thinking on what and how to leverage Champions to boost the food-waste movement in our own LatAm region. You'll recall from our November 9th post, when we joined, that 12.3 is the target within Goal 12 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals that seeks to slash food waste around the world at a clip of 50% by 2030. We'll soon be touring the Americas, and championing 12.3 will be on the agenda.

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Long-awaited innovation platform now available. Use it!

Long-awaited innovation platform now available. Use it!

Innovation has became embedded in everyone's thinking on sustainability, but has yet to cascade into the daily to-do norm in the minds of the vast majority of senior management teams. Enter a story published last quarter by Network for Business Sustainability. NBS, in essence, picks up where Harvard Business Review left off in its own landmark 2009 study, because while the latter was a thorough look at the innovation breakthrough, it did not provide an operational framework a management team could actually execute. That is the fantastic contribution NBS has gifted the world. At Homera, it has already become ingrained in our own thinking and modeling. Here's what it means to you.

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2018: the year of the organic escalator

2018: the year of the organic escalator

By all indications, that is one easy prediction to make, that 2018 will be the year of the organic escalator, or the consumer pattern that features the locked-in purchase of organic products in ever-greater volume by families over time. Once on the escalator, that is, they tend to stay on it and increase organic's share of their total food budget. The cool thing is not not just that their purchasing increases, but how. There is a sequence to the types of organic products you buy, a fact food companies have begun incorporating into strategies to accelerate consumers' rise up the escalator, which in turn assures that total organic sales will rise even faster moving forward.

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For best results, go circular

For best results, go circular

Circularity is clearly a next-level sustainability best practice for your business, no matter your industry or size. To date, it has been implemented primarily by large enterprises, but our mission is to mainstream it among small and midsize businesses, where most economic activity is found. There is absolutely no reason you cannot enjoy the same huge benefits the larger players are realizing, while contributing to society and the planet as a whole, which in turn also strengthens your bottom line. But what is circularity? What does it consist of? Welcome to your Six Big Options and Nine Big Gains.

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