Sustainability

Waitrose cans small bottles from the wine aisle

Waitrose has announced plans to move small wine formats from bottles into cans. Beginning in January, the majority of small wine formats (apart from Champagne. Prosecco and Cava, and Rioja, due to appellation restrictions) will be moved from glass bottles to aluminium cans as part of our ambition to reduce our carbon footprint. Barry Dick, MW, Beer, Wine and Spirit Bulk Sourcing Manager at Waitrose comments: “We’re delighted to pioneer this move and make reducing waste even easier for our customers. Aluminum cans weigh significantly less than glass and create less than half the amount of CO2 than the

Tesco’s plant-based pioneer celebrated as next phase of strategy begins

After six years at the helm, Derek Sarno, Tesco’s Director of Plant-Based Innovation is set to leave the British retailer this month, ushering in the next stage of Tesco’s plant-based strategy, with new ‘veg-led’ products which incorporate more vegetables in their recipes set to feature prominently across the category in the future.Sarno was instrumental in bringing plant-based food to the UK, setting the benchmark across the industry with the development of two pioneering plant-based Retail-owned Brands - Wicked Kitchen, which led the way for plant-based retail brands when it launched in 2018, and the affordable and accessible Tesco Plant Chef

Aldi UK To Become First Supermarket Member of Podback

Aldi UK is set to become the first British supermarket member of the Podback recycling program, helping customers to recycle their used coffee, tea, and hot chocolate pods. As part of its membership, the supermarket will introduce its Retail-owned Brand pods into the Podback scheme in an industry first, whilst also helping to promote the free recycling service to shoppers throughout the country in over 980 stores. From early next year, Aldi customers can visit the Podback website to either order recycling bags, which can be filled and taken to one of 6,500 Collect+ drop-off points or register for

Sainsbury’s ramps up removal of single-use plastic lids, saving 71m pieces of plastic annually

UK grocer Sainsbury’s will be removing more single-use plastic lids from its Retail-owned brand ranges, with dips set to be the next product that will see the change. From March 2023, household favorites such as guacamole, tzatziki and sour cream and chive dip will no longer be sold with single-use plastic lids. Since 2019 Sainsbury’s has removed single-use plastic lids from a wide range of products including cream, crème fraiche, custard, cottage cheese and sour cream. Earlier this year, Sainsbury’s also removed single-use plastic lids from all own-brand yoghurt. After removing plastic lids from Sainsbury’s own-brand brandy cream last

Tesco suppliers to use online swap-shop to cut costs and reduce waste

More than 3,500 Tesco UK suppliers can now cut production costs and reduce waste by selling or donating surplus stock or products to other suppliers who can make use of them. Tesco Exchange is a new online marketplace that matches suppliers who have too much of a product, for example, crops, by-products, ingredients or packaging, with other Tesco suppliers that need it. It is expected that savings in production costs will ultimately benefit customers too. In the same way that consumer marketplaces work, suppliers can advertise surplus stock for sale on Tesco Exchange, post requests for things they need and

Meijer Reaches 4 Million Meal Donation

This past Thanksgiving week Midwest big box retailer Meijer will donate $1 million – equating to 4 million meals – to food pantries across the Midwest after customers made more than 4 million purchases including Meijer Retail-owned Brand (private brand) products. The donation came as a result of the retailer's recent commitment to provide up to 4 million meals to its signature Simply Give hunger relief program – one meal for every purchase that included a qualifying Meijer private brand food bought November 20-26. "To have met our goal of 4 million meals by Thanksgiving Day is especially exciting because

Tesco Opens Doors to the Give Back Express

As FareShare and the Trussell Trust report they expect to provide food support to more than 1.2 million people in the U.K. this winter, retailer Tesco and its charity partners have launched The Give Back Express - their first ever ‘reverse supermarket’ to help spread Christmas joy and boost donations.Visitors are invited to buy and donate the 25 most needed items as identified by Tesco and both charities – including tinned food, tea, and toiletries – at The Give Back Express pop-up store. Customers simply pay for the products they have chosen, with the value of all purchases donated to

Walmarts Circular Connector: Meet the 2022 Sustainable Packaging Innovation Award Winners

Democratizing climate action has long been a part of how Bentonville-based Walmart builds sustainability programs such as Project Gigaton or the Circular Connector. The retailer collaborates with partners to create action, whether that’s to advance circular solutions, accelerate collaborations on renewable energy and zero waste or to enable more ambitious goal setting with Walmart’s ambitious Project Gigaton. Tod, we joined the U.S. Plastics Pact at GreenBiz’s VERGE 2022 conference to announce the inaugural Sustainable Packaging Innovations Award winners. Walmart donated the use of our recently launched Circular Connector platform to help capture innovations for these awards. The award winners cover

Velocity Sustainability Summit Starts Tomorrow!

The wait os almost over the 2022 Velocity Institute Sustainability Summit starts tomorrow Tuesday October 18 and runs , October 18-19, 2022 in Cincinnati Ohio. The Summit will bring the excitement of live in-person events back with a gathering in Cincinnati. Kroger, RiteAid, Misfits Market, Giant Eagle, United Dairy Farm will headline this years groundbreaking event. The Summit is a Private Brand/ Private Label event with a Sustainability theme focused on the issues that matter most to the industry: sustainable packaging, ethical/equitable sourcing, and authentic marketing. The two-day event is designed to help the industry find the answers that

Lidl Great Britain Commits To 100% Free-Range Eggs

This week Great Britain-based Lidl GB committed to selling 100% free-range eggs by the end of 2024, reinforcing its commitment to the welfare and conditions in which hens are housed. Lidl has long been focused on offering the highest quality products at the most affordable prices, which means the products it sells are all sourced responsibly and sustainably. This new commitment – the first from a Discounter in Great Britain - builds on the supermarket’s existing pledge to work with suppliers to phase out the sale of eggs from caged hens in stores by 2025. It also means that, by

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