Category: Grocery stores

Lidl commits to carbon neutrality by 2022

Read the full story at edie.

Lidl GB has announced plans to become a carbon-neutral business by 2022 alongside wider commitments to reduce operational emissions and encouraging key suppliers to set their own climate commitments.

UK grocery chain slashes energy consumption by 35% with data monitoring, optimization

Read the full story at Energy + Environment Leader.

Asda, one of the UK’s largest grocery store chains, has slashed energy costs at its refrigeration plants by reducing energy use by five GWh over the past five years; the chain has also reduced CO2 emissions by 1,100 metric tons over the same period, by optimizing energy efficiency across nine chilled distribution centers.

Ocean health is wealth

Read the full story at Progressive Grocer.

Retailers and producers can capitalize on consumers’ preference for eco-friendly seafood.

Fighting on-farm food waste through flexible procurement: Tesco’s response to a bumper strawberry harvest

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

UK retailer Tesco has increased the amount of strawberries it is purchasing this season in response to a bumper harvest in the UK. The elastic approach to procurement fights food waste as the supermarket leans on its promotional tools to drive up demand.

Tesco to scrap 50m pieces of plastic from beers & ciders

Read the full story at Retail Gazette.

Tesco is set to become the first major retailer to scrap soft plastic rings and shrink wrap packaging from all beers and ciders across its UK stores.

How online natural retailer Thrive Market is going climate-positive

Read the full story at Supermarket News.

Thrive Market has always been an eco-conscious enterprise, offering foods made of real ingredients that are safe for the environment, delicious and fairly priced. Already, the e-retailer has committed to a no-air-shipping policy and utilizing all-recyclable shipping materials; it also recently earned B Corp certification. But Thrive Market isn’t stopping there: The company recently announced a number of new initiatives that will further shrink its environmental footprint.

According to chief marketing officer Jeremiah McElwee, Thrive Market has set a goal to be zero-waste certified in 2022, plastic neutral by 2023 and completely carbon negative by 2025.

Kroger highlights wins in Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative

Read the full story at Supermarket News.

The Kroger Co. reported big strides in 2020 for its nearly four-year-old Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative, which aims to end hunger in communities it serves and eliminate food waste companywide by 2025.

Cincinnati-based Kroger said Tuesday that the company diverted 81% of waste from landfills in 2020, up 1% from 2019. The supermarket giant also cut total trash sent to landfills by 4% versus the previous year.

Are supermarkets doing enough to reduce single-use plastic waste?

Read the full story in Salon.

Plastic is ubiquitous in supermarkets. Produce packaged in clamshell containers; water bottles and jugs, peanut butter canisters, salad dressings in plastic bottles and jars; and pasta boxes with miniature plastic windows line almost every shelf.

Those small pieces of plastic in your shopping cart add up to mountains of plastic waste. The U.S. generates 42 million metric tons of plastic waste each year and most ends up in oceans or landfills where it takes up to 500 years to break down. Your weekly shopping trip generates a significant portion of plastic waste.

New Seasons and New Leaf aim for single-use water bottle elimination by Earth Day

Read the full story in Grocery Dive.

New Seasons Market and New Leaf Community Markets, two grocers under West Coast-based Good Food Holdings, plan to stop selling still water bottled in single-use plastic, fiber, aluminum or glass containers of 1 liter or less, according to an emailed press release.

The single-use water bottle elimination will begin on April 22, Earth Day, and will remove more than 250,000 bottles annually. 

The initiative is part of a series of sustainability goals for the company, which include cutting back operational waste and energy consumption, as the grocery industry continues to ramp up efforts to combat waste and emissions. 

Will regenerative agriculture change how we grocery shop?

Read the full story at Salon.

Look for the word “regenerative” at your local grocery store. Chances are, you’ll spot it on boxes of mac and cheese, cartons of milks, or even bags of chips. Regenerative agriculture, also called carbon farming, has become the latest darling of everyone from food companies to universities to politicians. But what is regenerative agriculture? How do products made with these practices differ from others, and can buying them help consumers fight the climate crisis? Here’s what you need to know about this farming philosophy.

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