Sainsburys Tu Brand Introduces Cardboard Baby Clothing Hangers

Sainsbury’s has rolled out new cardboard hangers across its Tu Clothing Baby Retailer-owned Brand range, replacing five million plastic hangers and saving an impressive 103 tons of plastic from being used. The swap, a UK supermarket first, follows a successful trial and will be available in over 400 stores. The change has been made on Tu Clothing Babywear items previously on a plastic hanger. They allow customers to recycle the cardboard hangers at home, helping them reduce their environmental impact too. Sainsbury’s offers an in-store recycling service for Tu Clothing plastic hangers to encourage a circular economy for packaging.

Velocity Launches Sustainability Industry Research

Help us understand the state of Private Brand Sustainability We would love to hear your thoughts on private brand sustainability. We value your opinion. Take the Survey! Velocity Institute Sustainability and Private Brand Industry Survey Closes Friday, August 18 at 5:00 EST The Velocity Institute is conducting our annual Sustainability and Retailer-owned Brand (Private Brand) industry research. The survey focuses on the elements of Sustainability most relevant to the private brand industry: sustainable product/ manufacturing and sustainable packaging. The survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete. To thank you for your time and input, we will

Marks & Spencer Rolls Out Agrisound Boosting Pollinator Activity To 18 Farms

Following two successful trials last year, British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced an expansion of its partnership with agri-tech start-up AgriSound to 18 sites across the M&S farms. Last year M&S launched two in-field sensor trials that helped farmers better support pollinators like bumblebees and increased crop yields, and now the retailer is rolling the technology out to more M&S Select farms such as East Seaton Farm in Arbroath, which supplies Red Diamond strawberries to the high-street retailer. AgriSound Polly technology allows farmers to track the number of pollinators visiting their farm in real-time and target specific

Join us in Austin for the Sustainability Summit 2023

In this fourth edition of the Velocity Institute Sustainability Summit, we laser focus on Retailer-owned Brand (Private Brand) and Sustainability. The Sustainability Summit is designed to bring the industry together to accelerate Sustainability, share best practices, and explore the future. Join us live and in-person to learn, network, and discuss at the Hilton Austin on September 26-27, 2023. Our goal is to ask questions and challenge existing answers – about sustainable packaging, equitable/ethical sourcing, and authentic marketing – and we are not the only curious ones. The Sustainability Summit is two days to find the answers that help you get

TreeHouse Foods Announces 2030 ESG Goals

TreeHouse Foods, Inc. a Retailer-owned Brand (private label) food and beverage manufacturer in North America, announced its 2030 Environmental, Social & Governance ("ESG") goals, centered around three ESG strategic pillars: Environment & Climate; People & Communities, and Products & Operations. Additionally, the Company published its 2023 disclosures in accordance with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board ("SASB") Processed Food standard and the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure ("TCFD") framework. In addition to the Company's SASB and TCFD disclosures, the TreeHouse Foods CDP Climate Change Survey response can be found on the Company's public-facing website. These new 2030 ESG goals demonstrate

Tesco Unveils New Plastic Saving Ground Beef Packs

Customers picking up fresh Ground beef (mince) in some Tesco stores will notice a big change in how it’s packaged. Instead of the traditional tray/top wrap pack, shoppers will see two lines of beef in new pillow packs. The supermarket is trialing the new packaging, which uses 70% less plastic, on two lines: 500g Tesco Beef Lean Steak Mince 5% fat (£3.49) and Tesco Beef Mince 500g 20% fat (£2.49). If customers like the new pillow packs, Tesco will roll them out to more stores and across more lines. Pillow packs are the opposite of vacuum packs. The slightly

Whole Foods Market Unveils Latest Sustainable Impact Report

hole Foods MarketW released its annual Impact Report available here, which highlights the grocer’s efforts to be a force for good in the global food system. The report provides a 360-degree view of the company’s strategic approach to combatting food waste, reducing its carbon footprint, consciously sourcing products, and supporting Team Members’ growth and wellbeing. “Our Impact Report marks another exciting milestone as we demonstrate the progress we’ve made to drive forward our purpose to nourish people and the planet,” said Jason Buechel, chief executive officer at Whole Foods Market. “As we grow, we’re continuing to raise the bar on

Sprouts to host its 2nd Annual Sustainability Vendor Summit

Sprouts Farmers Market will host its second annual Sprouts Brand Sustainability Vendor Summit in early September as part of the company’s commitment to bring responsibly sourced products to its customers. The virtual event, hosted in partnership with ECRM, will allow Sprouts to discover new Retailer-owned Brand (private label) manufacturers with unique and differentiated products that focus on key sustainability attributes such as regenerative agriculture, animal welfare, upcycled ingredients, and fair trade. Product focus areas include Beauty & Personal Care, Health & Wellness, Household, and Grocery. “Sprouts Farmers Market prides itself on being an industry leader in creating a destination

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Sainsbury’s Introduces Sustainable Cardboard Trays For Steaks

UK retailer Sainsbury’s has announced it is removing plastic trays from its by Sainsbury’s-owned Brand steak range, replacing them with a cardboard alternative that uses 70% less plastic. The new trays will launch across 10 products in the range which became available in all stores and online from July 5th. They can be recycled at home by rinsing the cardboard before placing it in a curbside recycling bin. Sainsbury’s introduced cardboard tray packaging to its Taste the Difference and So Organic steaks previously. The announcement is the latest in a string of changes made by the retailer on packaging.