Asda sets out plans on how it will reduce its use of plastic

Asda sets out plans on how it will reduce its use of plastic


Leeds, UK, 2018-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (February 5, 2018), Asda has become the first of the “big four” supermarkets to set out detailed plans about how it will reduce its use of plastic.

The supermarket, which accounts for 15.3% of the supermarket industry in the UK has also said it wants to create a more collaborative, open environment within the retail industry to help drive innovation and “unwrap” the plastics problem.

In a document published on its website today, “Plastic Unwrapped – our pledge to use less and recycle more”, Asda has promised its customers that it will reduce the amount of plastic in its packaging by 10% this year, as well as work with its suppliers and other experts to investigate new options to replace plastic packaging and find more recyclable solutions.

What has Asda committed to doing?

  • Removing 10% of plastic from its Own Brand packaging in the next 12 months and publishing regular updates for customers to follow its progress
  • Introducing a zero profit re-usable coffee cup to give customers a great value alternative to single use cups.
  • Remove all single use cups and plastic cutlery from its offices in 2018 and all its stores and cafes by the end of 2019.
  • Phase out 5p ‘single use’ carrier bags from its shops by the end of 2018 and introduce a donation to good causes from the sale of its “bags for life” so that charities don’t lose out.
  • Work in partnership with the UK’s leading experts in packaging technology at the Leeds Beckett University Retail Institute as well as one of Asda’s biggest UK suppliers, ABP, on priority projects to develop new alternatives to plastics and more recyclable materials.
  • Creating the Asda Plastic Ideas Hub, open to all from industry to individuals, offering a £10,000 award for every scaleable, workable idea that helps Asda to tackle its top plastic challenges – such as alternatives to plastic film.

Asda’s President and Chief Executive, Roger Burnley, outlined his commitment to reducing plastic in a blog published alongside the “Plastic Unwrapped” report.

In it he says; “I truly believe that when you serve 18 million people each week and have the ability to make a difference to them, you should do it.

“I want Asda’s customers to know that they can trust us to take the lead on the issues that really matter to them. So we have challenged ourselves to look at what more we can do to reduce the amount of plastic in our business, and within our industry as a whole.”

You can read the full blog from Roger Burnley here and Asda’s ‘Plastics Unwrapped’ here.

Source: ASDA


Tesco to introduce new initiative to help reduce food waste

Tesco to introduce new initiative to help reduce food waste


Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco is set to introduce ‘Colleague Shops’ in all its UK stores to give colleagues the opportunity to take food approaching its expiry date, as part of its wider work to prevent good food from going to waste.

Dedicated storage areas and fridges will be set up in back-of-store colleague rooms to safely store quality food on its use by or best before date, and has the added benefit of providing Tesco colleagues with a bargain – helping to reduce food waste.

The move is part of Tesco’s ongoing drive to ensure that no food safe for human consumption will go to waste in its UK retail operations by the end of 2017/18. Colleague Shops will form an additional part of Tesco’s established approach to managing stock in store:

  1. Tesco uses sophisticated systems to predict and order the amount of food that customers are expected to buy in stores.
  2. The price of products are ‘reduced-to-clear’ as they approach their expiry date, to minimise surplus.
  3. If food cannot be sold, it’s offered to local charities and community food groups via Tesco’s surplus food redistribution initiative, Community Food Connection.
  4. Charities don’t always need everything offered to them, so any food left over will now be made available to colleagues.

Tesco’s Head of Food Waste Reduction Mark Little said: “We want to do everything we can to make sure perfectly good food doesn’t go to waste. Our Colleague Shops are a win-win, providing an additional step to support our efforts to tackle food waste in our own operations, and offer colleagues an extra little help at the end of their shift.”

Colleague Shops will be introduced to Tesco stores by the end of February. The surplus food will initially be made available for 1p before becoming free of charge in a few months’ time.

We are a team of over 450,000 colleagues dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701  

Source: Tesco


This summer Stater Bros. Markets will reduce its lighting energy use by 50% in all its supermarkets

San Bernardino, California, 2016-Jul-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — For over 80 years, Stater Bros. Markets has remained committed to giving back to the communities it serves and is furthering its commitment to those valued communities by voluntarily reducing lighting energy use by 50% in all 168 Stater Bros. supermarket locations during summer months.

This reduction will decrease electricity use by 425,000 kWh per month, which is the equivalent of powering 470 homes per month and also reduces the possibility of rotating outages during the summer.

“Every day during summer months, all 168 Stater Bros. supermarket locations will voluntarily reduce lighting energy use by 50%, from 12 noon to 6 p.m.” stated Pete Van Helden, President and CEO of Stater Bros. Markets.   “Energy use peaks during this time and our energy reduction efforts underscore Stater Bros.’ ongoing commitment to the environment, community and our employees,” Van Helden concluded.

Other environmentally friendly efforts at Stater Bros. include:

  • Closed-door cases and LED lighting reducing energy by 60% per refrigerated case in 85% of our supermarkets, working towards implementation in all supermarkets by 2018.
  • LED lighting for refrigerated cases in all stores and LED lighting for sales floor in remodels and new stores
  • Energy Management Systems in all stores that control energy usage and demand
  •  “Green Waste” program removed over 34 million pounds of waste to help produce biofuel, animal feed and compost for agriculture
  • Recycling cardboard – over 73 million pounds
  • Recycling plastic bags – over 2.5 million pounds
  • Meat rendering and grease – recycled over 9.5 million pounds to help produce products that are used in agriculture, oleo chemical and biofuels industry
    • Recycling Centers inside each supermarket for customers to recycle paper and plastic grocery bags
    • Printing the company’s weekly ad on recycled paper
    • Donations to local food banks (over 3 million pounds per year)

In addition, Stater Bros. Markets has received the “Best Emissions Rate” Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill Partnership for having the lowest corporate-wide refrigerant emissions rate of all the GreenChill partners.  The company is also the only grocer to have seven stores in California that have received the EPA GreenChill Gold Level certification.

“Stater Bros. has always believed in doing the right thing for the right reason and expanding our environmentally friendly business practices is simply the right thing to do,” stated Jack H. Brown, Executive Chairman of Stater Bros. Markets.   “As we celebrate 80 years of serving Southern California Families, we want to ensure that we are doing our part so that the values and legacy of our founders, Leo and Cleo Stater will be enjoyed for many generations to come,” Brown continued.

Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County.  The Company currently operates 168 Supermarkets, and there are approximately 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family.  For more information, visit

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Source: Stater Bros




7‑Eleven to set measurable corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals to reduce its environmental footprint

IRVING, Texas, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc., the world’s largest convenience retailer, is working with Conservation International (CI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet through science, policy and partnerships, to set measurable corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals to reduce its environmental footprint.

7‑Eleven’s CSR mission has three focus areas – planet, products and people. Using 2015 as a baseline, 7‑Eleven® will continue to reduce its carbon footprint and increase community engagement in the U.S. and Canada by concentrating on energy, packaging and philanthropy.

Specifically, it is 7‑Eleven’s goal to:

  • Reduce its energy footprint in stores and offices by 20 percent by 2025
  • Reduce its packaging footprint by 20 percent by 2025
  • Increase corporate giving to 1 percent of operating net income annually, beginning in 2017

“These goals are specific and measurable,” said Joe DePinto, 7‑Eleven president and chief executive officer. “We’ve already taken important steps to reduce our carbon footprint, and these new targets will help us focus our efforts to make even greater strides.”

7‑Eleven has decreased electricity use in store operations by an estimated 21 percent over the past seven years through projects including installing LED lighting, energy management systems and high efficiency HVAC units.

7‑Eleven has also joined CI’s Business and Sustainability Council, a forum for corporate leaders taking positive environmental actions in their businesses, to explore mutually beneficial ways to further reduce its environmental impact.

“It is no secret that the conveniences that make each day better for us all require resources from nature,” said Peter Seligmann, Chairman and CEO of Conservation International. “7‑Eleven’s 2025 goals reveal how a company can make decisions that support their business as well as our planet’s future. Conservation International is thrilled to support 7‑Eleven in this endeavor.”

The retailer is designing eco-friendly packaging in order to reduce waste, including a recyclable stay-hot coffee cup, Private Brand beverage bottles made with recycled materials, and hot foods packaging made with less material.

Starting in 2017, 7‑Eleven will tie its corporate giving to its performance, giving back 1 percent of its operating net income annually with a focus on expanding participation in two of its most successful programs benefitting youth:

  • Created in 2012, the Project A-Game™ program has awarded nearly 1,800 financial grants totaling more than $900,000 to local schools and youth sports organizations.
  • The Operation Chill® program partners with over 900 local law enforcement agencies to reward young people caught in the act of “doing good” with a free Slurpee® drink coupon. During its 21 year span, more than 15 million coupons have been distributed.

More information about 7‑Eleven and its focus on corporate social responsibility is available at http://corp.7‑

About 7‑Eleven,Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises and licenses more than 10,700 7‑Eleven stores in North America. Globally, approximately 59,500 7‑Eleven stores serve customers in 17 countries. Find out more online at www.7‑

About Conservation International
Conservation International (CI) uses an innovative blend of science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water, and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and follow our work on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.


Stephanie Shaw

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.