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EssentialNews FARMERS IN CENTRAL AMERICA GENERATE ENERGY FROM


COFFEE WASTEWATER The Energy from Coffee Wastewater project by UTZ Certified has proven that is possible to generate energy, tackle climate change and protect water resources by treating discharges from coffee mills. The project started in 2010 with the goal of addressing


UTZ Certified is currently introducing the technology in Peru and Brazil


environmental and health problems caused by the wastewater produced in the coffee industry. Tailor-made coffee wastewater treatment systems and solid-waste treatment mechanisms were installed in eight coffee farms in Nicaragua, 10 in Honduras and one in Guatemala. The positive environmental and economic impact of the project on over 5,000 people in the region has inspired UTZ Certified to replicate the initiative in other countries. Latin America produces around 70% of the world’s coffee and is the continent where 31% of the world’s freshwater resources are located. Yet coffee production generates a great amount of wastewater that is regularly released untreated into rivers, affecting aquatic fauna and flora as well as downstream communities. The Energy from Coffee Wastewater project has been implemented in a range of differently sized farms. The


achieved results of the project range from preventing local deforestation of native trees to better indoor environments for families who replaced firewood with domestic gas stoves for cooking. Han De Groot, executive director at UTZ Certified, said:


“Coffee production is only environmentally sustainable when water is used efficiently and polluted water from the wet- mill process is treated. Local ecosystems do not have the capacity to clean the large amounts of contaminated fluids.”


More information: UTZ Certified +31 20 530 8000 www.utzcertified.org


YORKSHIRE’S FODDER IS ‘FOOD RETAILING AT ITS BEST’ Fodder, the shop, butchers and café at the entrance to the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate, Yorkshire has been judged the Great Taste Shop of the Year 2014.


John Farrand, managing director of the Guild of Fine Food, organisers of Great Taste, said: “Fodder had glowing


Pictured (left to right) are: John Farrand, Sandy Ruddock, owner of award sponsor Scarlett & Mustard; and Jane Thornber, general manager at Fodder


comments from our judges who described the store as ‘food retailing at its best’ – they were impressed by the layout of the store, the signage and especially the merchandising of products explaining the provenance of the hundreds of local


and regional food and drink products on sale. “But as we all know, a shop is nothing without a great team and Fodder also has a brilliant team of people who are friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable; they have created an atmosphere where children are welcome and our judge could see that this was a place where families come to shop regularly.” Fodder has a deli, butchers and café and its products are


drawn from the surrounding Yorkshire area, with more than 310 small producers and farmers supplying the shop.


More information: Fodder +44 (0)1423 546111 www.fodder.co.uk


SNOWBIRD FOODS AIMS TO MAKE KIDS MEALS INTERESTING A new approach to the vexed question of how best caterers can meet the needs of young customers has been unveiled by Snowbird Foods.


The innovative supplier of fully cooked and frozen sausages and meatballs has developed a new range of products specifically for children – and, because sizes can easily be varied, they are suitable for young customers of all ages. Snowbird’s commercial and marketing director Roy Anderson said: “Children’s menus in foodservice are on the dull side of dire and even with puzzles to play with, mini burgers, pizza slices, fish fingers and minced meat, plus scaled down versions of adult meals, the attention span of many children is


too short. “We are presenting a new solution to the problem of bored children by making the food so interesting they are happy to stay at the dining able long


enough to enable a family meal to be a fun occasion.”


More information: Snowbird Foods +44 (0)208 8059222 www.snowbirdfoods.co.uk


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