CVS Launches Gold Emblem Aluminum Refillable Water

Woonsocket, Rhode Island-based drug chain CVS Health is expanding its Gold Emblem Retailer-owned Brand, a new aluminum-bottled water. The launch contributes to CVS’ goal of reducing single-use plastic in private brand packaging by 50% by 2030. Gold Emblem Refillable Purified Water 20.30 oz, 3.8 lbs. Item # 378905 Purified water Electrolytes added for taste Refillable aluminum bottle Stylish blue color Wide mouth opening Made from recyclable aluminum. Three 20.3 OZ bottles in a recyclable cardboard box Bottle made in the USA Hydrate. Refill. Repeat. Crisp taste, less waste, and more chill with every refill. Pick up a three-pack of

Marks & Spencer to Upcycle Surplus Loaves Into Frozen Garlic Bread

British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) is expanding its private brand frozen garlic bread food waste initiative to an additional 125 stores this April. At the end of each day, unsold baguettes and boules – baked in-store daily – are prepared and filled with garlic butter, and then sold as frozen garlic bread from £1, with an extended shelf life of 30 days. The program is currently live in 253 stores and launched in 2020 following a successful trial. Since then, M&S has sold 2.1m of the re-purposed loaves with the best-selling store M&S Nottingham Giltbrook. Due to its

Kroger Recycles and Upcycles its Way to Less Waste

Late last week the Kroger Co. announced its innovative recycling program has hit a major milestone, recycling more than one million pieces of their Retail-owned Brand flexible plastic product packaging. The retailer shared it is offering customers more items with upcycled ingredients with the addition of two new Simple Truth products to advance sustainability. "We are continually looking for creative and innovative solutions to support our vision of creating zero-waste communities," said Juan De Paoli, vice president of Our Brands for Kroger. "Our customers sharing in that commitment by recycling packaging and purchasing products made with upcycled ingredients, alongside our

Kroger Launches First Simple Truth Upcycled Breads

Cincinnati-based grocer Kroger has introduced its first Simple Truth brand upcycled bread items co-developed with Upcycled Foods, Inc. (UP, Inc.) Designed from scratch, the innovative upcycled bread line includes two SKUs that tap into consumers’ demand for delicious, nutritious, and sustainable food options. Both Simple Truth Upcycled Certified breads contain 10% of ReGrained SuperGrain, UP, Inc.’s flagship ingredient. ReGrained SuperGrain contributes unique flavor depth, naturally fortified nutritional attributes, and an authentic sustainability story. The new Simple Truth upcycled items – Seeded Multigrain Bread and Multigrain Quinoa Bread – are rolling out nationwide to approximately 1,800 store bakery departments across

Eggs from Albert Heijn are Better for Nature & Farmers

Ahold Delhaize-owned Dutch grocer Albert Heijn has announced that it will work with laying hen farmers for the egg range within their Retail-owned Brand (private brand) Beter voor Natuur & Boer. Together with them, Albert Heijn makes long-term agreements about improving animal welfare, nature, and the farmer's revenue model. The eggs from Beter voor Natuur & Boer will be in stores in the autumn of this year. Cooperation with poultry farmers Albert Heijn already has an exclusive partnership with 450 dairy farmers, 100 pig farmers, 200 poultry farmers, and 360 vegetable and fruit growers in the Netherlands. Poultry farmers

Southeastern Grocers Unveils Sustainability Report

Late last week Southeastern Grocers Inc. (SEG), the parent company of grocers Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket, and Winn-Dixie grocery, released its 2022 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) report, showcasing the retailer’s progress in sustainability, community engagement, and values-driven operations. The ESG report is part of SEG’s ongoing commitment to transparency and accountability in all its operations. The annual report is designed to provide customers, investors, and stakeholders with a comprehensive overview of the grocer’s approach to sustainability and social responsibility. Anthony Hucker, President and CEO for Southeastern Grocers, said, “At Southeastern Grocers, we understand the importance of making informed

Target’s Putting Sustainability into Action During Earth Month 2023 — and Beyond

During Earth Month and year-round, sustainability touches Minneapolis-based retailer Target’s entire business. It shows up in how they source and design products, invest in their team and communities, develop partnerships in the supply chain and power stores. It all matters, and it’s all woven into their enterprise-wide sustainability strategy, Target Forward. “Our guests appreciate our extensive assortment of sustainable, affordable and inclusive products that they see every day,” says Amanda Nusz, senior vice president of corporate responsibility for Target and president of the Target Foundation. “And I’m especially energized by the increasing number of ways they are seeing our

Tesco Launches Collaborative Ready Meal Tray-To-Tray Recycling Initiative

In an industry-first, British grocer Tesco has begun recycling used plastic food trays back into packaging - creating a fully circular packaging solution for its range of core chilled ready meals. The change is in collaboration with leading packaging manufacturer Faerch and will see customer-recovered PET trays - collected via European curbside waste - recycled and converted back into food-grade plastic trays. Tesco’s Retail-owned Brand ready meal trays already contain up to 75% recycled content, predominantly from cleaner and easier-to-recycle bottle flake plastic. Through the new Tray 2 Tray by Faerch program, a minimum of 30% recycled tray content

Sainsbury’s Saves Over 10 million Pieces Of Plastic A Year On Chicken Packaging

UK retailer Sainsbury’s has announced that it's by Sainsbury’s whole chicken Retail-owned Brand (private brand) range is now trayless after the retailer removed single-use plastic trays from its packaging. Using a minimum of 50% less plastic, the change is estimated to save 140 tons of plastic annually. The trayless products are available in all stores across the UK and online, helping to reduce the amount of single-use plastic customers have to dispose of at home. The change affects five products in total, including all by Sainsbury’s whole chickens ranging from extra small to extra-large sizes. The film packaging can still

We All Own Sustainability: A Q&A with The Home Depot’s Chief Sustainability Officer Ron Jarvis

A fascinating interview with The Home Depot's Chief Sustainability Officer Ron Jarvis who discusses the role of Retail-owned Brands (private brands) in the retailer's sustainability strategy. Reducing The Home Depot's environmental impact is essential to efforts to build a better business, workplace and world. Home Depot's chief sustainability officer Ron Jarvis has spent more than two decades driving sustainability improvements at The Home Depot. Here he offers insights into our progress. Who drives ESG at The Home Depot? Many associates and business leaders throughout our enterprise! They take pride in improving their departments and businesses in multiple ESG aspects. Our