Sustainability and health news

11 May 2021
This week Co-op announced ambitious plans to sell fully carbon neutral own brand food and drink by 2025 – a world first.  This target is part of a new 10-point climate plan which sets out how the retailer will achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040 - ten years ahead of the government’s own ambition. Co-op’s thinking is summarised by Food CEO, Jo Whitfield: “ We are facing a monumental cli...
10 May 2021
Asda has published its first Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report. In it the retailer highlights how it plans to make it easier and affordable for shoppers to lead more sustainable lives. In preparation for the report, Asda communicated with over 3,000 customers to understand which ESG issues matter most to them. Three priorities stand out for Asda shoppers Asda’s research show...
07 May 2021
Walmart is collaborating with Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and Higher Ground Productions to launch a new interactive experience that aims to show kids that healthy food can be fun. Inspiring families to cook fresh healthy foods The interactive culinary adventure experience, The Hidden World of Waffles + Mochi, is based on the characters from the Netflix show, Waffles + Mochi. I...
04 May 2021
India’s second wave of COVID-19 infections continue to worsen, with no signs of slowing down.  The country’s overwhelmed healthcare system faces a shortage of hospital beds, oxygen, medicines and vaccines.  This has prompted another round of movement restrictions, with shorter operating hours even for grocery operators and other essential services.  And as more frontline workers report unwell, re...
04 May 2021
Aldi in Australia has committed to achieving zero waste to landfill, with a phased approach to achieving its target. Food waste will be the top priority The discounter in Australia has always taken a strong stance towards sustainability and last year announced that 100% of its operations would be powered by sustainable energy by the end of 2021 . It will now focus on improving how it deals...
28 April 2021
Explore how the Netherlands’ Jumbo is set to reduce its plastic consumption, while Beverage Carton and the Environment (ACE) has announced a 10-year sustainability roadmap set to deliver sustainable packaging by 2030. Meanwhile, Nomad Foods has partnered with the WWF to make an impact in the agricultural world and the UK’s Sainsbury’s has eliminated 18.5m plastic straws, replacing them with pa...
13 April 2021
We look at the latest news from M&S, including its latest initiative to support British farmers, the expansion of its international online business, and the recent purchase of clothing retailer Jaeger. Supporting British famers M&S has started a new five year ‘Farming with Nature’ collaborative programme to support its Select Farms. The Select Farms brand is part of M&S's Plan A initiative,...
08 April 2021
Tesco has identified five areas where it believes it can make the most difference: cutting waste, reducing emissions from energy and transport, sustainable food production, net zero climate ambition and sustainable diets. Tesco claims ‘Food production is linked to 70% of biodiversity loss on land, and globally, emissions from food waste are higher than from any country on earth, except for US...
08 April 2021
Watsons Hong Kong has launched a citywide plastic container recycling programme called ‘Plastic Reborn,’ in collaboration with Procter and Gamble. Watsons’ store network across Hong Kong serve as collection points Together with P&G, Watsons now uses its network of 230 stores across the city as collection points for empty plastic containers.  Hong Kong-based service The Loops will send these u...
06 April 2021
Hindustan Unilever’s rural distribution network, composed of Indian women micro-entrepreneurs, has become a lifeline during the pandemic.  The project has given them a source of income, while distributing Unilever’s products directly to rural consumers, without the need for a physical store. 140,000 female entrepreneurs across 18 states benefit from this project In the early 2000s, HUL starte...