Sustainability and health news

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...
18 January 2022
McDonald’s has opened a new restaurant in the UK that is its testing ground for sustainable initiatives. The restaurant is its first restaurant in the UK and Ireland certified to the UKGBC Net Zero Standard. Where is the store? McDonald’s launched its zero-carbon store in Market Drayton, Shropshire, in December 2021. Source: Google maps What makes this McDonald’s restaurant diff...
18 January 2022
Morrisons continues to increase its sustainability initiatives to reduce food waste. To help with this the retailer plans to eliminate the ‘use by’ date and switch to best before only on 90% of its own brand milk, from 31 January 2022. About the development Morrisons claims to be the first UK supermarket to only use best before dates on its milk. Packaging will continue to show ‘best before’ ...
11 January 2022
On 1 January 2022, France officially implemented a law which banned the use of plastic packaging for most fruit and vegetable products. We look at five implications and what we could see next. About France’s plastic ban The French government introduced the plastic ban as part of the French anti-waste law for a circular economy, which aims to reduce plastic consumption. The law is set to impro...
05 January 2022
Sustainability remains an important topic for retailers in 2022, with many continuing to improve their commitments and go the extra mile. The Schwarz Group continues to raise its targets, with the intention to set improvements where necessary, while Lidl has extended its Eco-Score trial across multiple countries. Separately, SPAR Austria has introduced a deposit return scheme on glass jars, for...
09 December 2021
Walmart is partnering with HSBC and CPD to provide suppliers that with early payment on their invoices based on their sustainability efforts. This is designed to help them unlock investment in sustainability initiatives linked to the retailer’s Project Gigaton. Financing linked to progress on sustainability goals Through Walmart’s Sustainable Supply Chain Finance programme (SSCF), which was...
30 November 2021
Walmart Canada is acquiring Foodmaestro to deliver a more personalised online shopping experience and help shoppers discover more relevant products aligned with their health and dietary needs. Why this deal is important? It reinforces Walmart's strategic focus on health and wellness It highlights its commitment to be the omnichannel leader in Canada and needs to have the best online experi...
29 November 2021
All 167 Cheers and FairPrice Xpress stores to charge for plastic bags from 1 January 2022. Extension of plastic bag charging at supermarkets FairPrice took the lead to be the first retailer to charge for plastic bags at selected supermarkets. In two years, the initiative has saved more than 30 million plastic bags, with seven out of 10 customers willing to bring their own bags, said NTUC Fa...
18 November 2021
DIA continues to expand its private label range to offer shoppers healthier and more sustainable products, while also developing its relationship with Amazon. Separately, Mercadona is testing BiofreshTech’s autonomous refrigeration technology in one of its delivery vehicles. DIA expands private label range DIA has worked with its partners to develop its private label range and offer its shopp...
18 November 2021
As Auchan looks to advance its local operations, we round up news from the retailer as it aims to support sustainable initiatives in France and drive ecommerce growth in Portugal and Russia. Auchan signs up to Planet-Score Environmental Labelling System Auchan has said it supports the launch of the Planet-Score environmental labelling system as part of the on-going expansion of environmenta...