Sustainability and health news

07 July 2022
As the UK’s retailers invest further in their sustainability initiatives, we round up developments from M&S, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Iceland. M&S trials private label refillable homecare products M&S is trialling a fixture to enable shoppers to buy pre-filled cleaning and laundry products in six stores. The solution, which has been created in partnership with Re, will see shoppers pay an ini...
05 July 2022
Albert Heijn was recently voted the most sustainable supermarket chain the Netherlands for the sixth year in a row by the Sustainable Brand Index 2022. Over the past few months it has announced some impressive plans to help reduce it’s carbon footprint, provide healthier choices and eliminate waste. Albert Heijn leads the way for a plastic free Netherlands Albert Heijn have removed all disp...
24 June 2022
We look at three initiatives from Australia’s Coles as it aims to become the country’s most sustainable supermarket. Collaboration leads to market debut for eco-bottles As part of a collaboration with packaging company Packamama and wine producers Accolade Wines and Taylors Wines Coles has exclusively introduced a wine bottle made entirely from Australian-sourced 100% recycled PET plastic. ...
24 June 2022
As Woolworths launches a new quick commerce service and plans to stop selling reusable plastic shopping bags we round up developments from the retailer. Woolworths launches Metro60 quick commerce service Woolworths’ Metro60 service will enable shoppers to order through an app for delivery in an hour. The service, which will initially launch in 11 eastern Sydney suburbs, will carry an AU$5 d...
24 June 2022
Protein-alternatives is likely to expand in Asia with innovative products, new ways of distribution and production facilities. 1. Insects in vending machine by Sanpuku Holdings The vending machine which promotes the snacks as "highly nutritious meals of the future," is the first of its kind in western Japan's Shikoku region. There are nine types of insects available including fried crickets...
23 June 2022
The newly published annual report for 2021 saw a 2.9% increase in sales on the previous year, with an annual turnover of €62.7bn. Edeka remains the market leader in Germany with an impressive 29.8% market share.. CEO promises large investments for 2022 Markus Mosa, Edeka’s Chairman of the board and CEO talked about the possibility of acquiring a further 80 new locations for its discount ret...
22 June 2022
As Auchan Hungary and Portugal focus on sustainability initiatives, Auchan Romania focuses on its new MyAuchan shopping experience at petrol stations. Auchan Portugal improves private label packaging   Auchan claims in 2021 it reached its target of using 90% of reusable, recyclable/ compostable on private label packaging and developed 10 eco-design projects for product packaging. Auchan ...
20 June 2022
As The Co-op announces new initiatives for its food-to-go ranges and how it aims to tackle food waste, we round up news from the retailer. The Co-op extends food-to-go range to Nisa retailers The Co-op has made its 2022 summer range of food-to-go products available to Nisa retailers directly from its central distribution. The range is made up of a selection of sandwiches, salads, wraps, sub...
16 June 2022
Spain’s market leader and one of Europe’s most admired retailers, Mercadona is increasing its commitment to its markets Spain and Portugal. We have identified five ways it continues to develop to stay ahead of the competition. 1. Mercadona betting big on its online expansion plan Although online has been a lower priority for the retailer over the past decade, like many retailers the pandemi...
14 June 2022
SPAR International published its 2021 annual report with a 3.3% growth on global turnover at €41.2 bn, even better against 2019 at +10.7%. Europe’s dominance continues Europe’s responsible for 80% of the global turnover of the SPAR business, reporting positive year on year growth. Western Europe took €25.6 bn in 2021 which was +1.8% year on year and +13.4% vs 2019. Other European markets in...