Sustainability and health news

20 March 2022
Amazon and Target have launched new stores packed with sustainability features, designed to help them on their journeys to becoming net zero companies. Creating a global benchmark Amazon’s latest Amazon Fresh store in Seattle features more than a dozen upgrades as it pursues the International Living Future Institute’s ‘Zero Carbon’ certification, the first grocery store globally to do so. Thi...
16 March 2022
Loblaw’s Shoppers Drug Mart business is set to acquire Lifemark Health Group. The company is a leading provider of outpatient physiotherapy, massage therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, mental health, and other ancillary rehabilitation services through its more than 300 clinics across Canada. The deal is valued at CAD$845m. Strategic focus on connected health As the leading drugstor...
09 March 2022
Target has launched a new sustainability icon, Target Zero, which helps shoppers to identify products with packaging designed to be refillable, reusable or compostable, or items made from recycled content or materials like aluminium, steel or glass that reduce the use of plastic. Making it easier to shop sustainably Target Zero offers a range of curated items from brands such as Burt’s Bees...
09 March 2022
2022’s official Fairtrade Fortnight ran from 21 February to 6 March. We look at how three retailers and quick commerce operator Zapp promoted Fairtrade products and supported the event. What is Fairtrade? The Fairtrade Foundation defines Fairtrade as, ‘a system of certification that aims to ensure a set of standards are met in the production and supply of a product or ingredient. For farme...
09 March 2022
People in Asia are becoming more aware of the environmental impact of excessive use of plastic bags, cutlery and straws. We look at what retailers and governments are doing in this area to attain sustainability goals in the region. 1. Foodpanda ramps up efforts to tackle sustainability challenges Foodpanda is the largest delivery platform in Asia outside China. According to the delivery ser...
01 March 2022
Retailers are beginning to prepare for HFSS (high fat, salt, and sugar) regulations that are due to come into force this October, testing out new gondola ends, promotional mechanics and highlighting healthier products. We visited Sainsbury’s and Tesco to understand more about these trials, and other initiatives they are currently trying. We pick up five key learnings from these visits about fu...
18 February 2022
The Coca-Cola Company is aiming for at least 25% of all beverages, across its portfolio of brands, to be sold in refillable or returnable glass or plastic bottles, or refillable containers through a fountain or Coca-Cola dispensers by 2030. World Without Waste The announcement is linked to Coca-Cola’s World Without Waste initiative, which has three elements – Design, Collect and Partner. Th...
17 February 2022
As Zabka rolls out its Nano concept and Studenac acquires another retailer in Croatia, we round up news from the region. Studenac continues acquisition spree in Croatia Following the acquisition of Pemo, which has already received regulatory approval, Studenac has become Croatia’s largest retailer by store count. Pemo operated nearly 40 stores and so its purchase by Studenac will take the l...
10 February 2022
Market leader Mercadona continues to invest in supporting local communities, increasing its food donations by 21% in 2021, compared to 2020. Separately, Caprabo has reported how it has exceeded its expansion expectations as well as delivering a new sustainability project. Mercadona donated 20,600 tons of food in 2021 Mercadona has committed to its social sustainability initiatives by donati...
25 January 2022
Walmart is investing in Plenty, a leading vertical farming company, by participating in its $400m Series E funding round. Strategic partnership Walmart plans on leveraging its investment in Plenty to deliver fresh produce to stores in California. The two companies plan on working strategically to create a new, market-leading product category in vertical farming. The retailer will start to sou...