Four sustainability initiatives set to impact the food industry

Date : 09 March 2021

Lucy Bellotti

Retail Analyst

Dino Polska plans to continue its investment in sustainability, with a focus on renewable energy, while P&G launched its refillable bottles in the UK. Meanwhile, Aldi announced it has removed two million pieces of plastic from its private label Easter range, while Albert Heijn is set to switch to 100% wind energy to become more sustainable.

Dino Polska to invest in renewable energy

Poland-based retailer Dino Polska plans to invest in renewable energy to support its store network. It will invest in the installation of photovoltaic panels on the roofs of Dino stores and at three distribution centres in the country.

The installation of the photovoltaic panels on its distribution centre will help it reduce its emissions by 2,200 tonnes annually. Dino will reduce the equivalent of 12,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year through the installation of panels to its stores. Dino Polska claims the panels’ installation should help it reduce its emissions by the equivalent of 24,000 thousand tonnes of CO2 emissions per year by 2022.

P&G launches refillable bottles in the UK

Procter & Gamble announced in October 2020 that it would launch its new refillable format in its major European markets in 2021. Its new solution comprises an aluminum bottle, which is reusable, which can be refilled using refillable pouches, which are made of recyclable materials.

For example, the refill pouches use 60% less plastic per ml of product compared to the standard shampoo bottles. The brands available through the refillable format include Aussie, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, and Pantene. Prices start at £9.99 for the aluminum bottle, while the refillable pouches are available from £4.

P&G claims it is on track to reduce single use plastic usage by 50% in shampoos and conditioners by the end of 2021.

Source: Procter & Gamble

Aldi removes plastic in time for Easter

Aldi has said it has removed over two million pieces of plastic from its Easter range. It has given its Easter eggs a square bottom, to remove the need for inner plastic packaging to support the egg.

Aldi has replaced the plastic window with an alternative material, cellulose film made of wood fibre. The reduction of plastic in seasonal products follows on from Christmas 2020, when Aldi successfully removed 5.5 million pieces of plastic.

We have seen several retailers to start reducing plastic in their seasonal private label products. For example, Co-op UK has also removed 14 tonnes of plastic from its private label Easter eggs, which followed on from its removal of eight tonnes of plastic from its Christmas range in 2020.

Albert Heijn set to switch 100% to wind energy

Netherland-based Albert Heijn announced plans to switch to 100% wind energy, to make its energy consumption more sustainable. The retailer has reduced CO2 emissions by 50% since 2008.

Albert Heijn plans to continue to work with suppliers, farmers and fruit and vegetable growers to reduce CO2 emissions throughout the supply chain. Other initiatives include:

  • More than 200 Albert Heijn trucks run on LNG: it has six fully electric and three hybrid trucks. The delivery of online orders is partly done with electric delivery vehicles that previously ran on diesel
  • Albert Heijn’s ultramodern coffee roasting plant opened in 2020, which uses 14% less energy consumption, 13% less CO2 emissions and 99% less particulate matter emissions. Furthermore, it uses 100% green electricity, which includes the use of 1,500 solar panels on the roaster's roof

Marit van Egmond, Albert Heijn’s CEO stated, ‘we take responsibility for the sustainable use of our planet's resources. We are always looking for innovative techniques to reduce our energy consumption and reduce our CO2 footprint. For example, three quarters of our stores are off gas and there are solar panels at distribution centres, the head office and dozens of stores. In our stores we have more than 310,000 LED lamps are installed’.

Source: Albert Heijn


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