Sustainability and health news

04 August 2020
Kroger is partnering with TerraCycle to enable customers to recycle more than 300 products from its Simple Truth brand. Enabling recycling of flexible packaging The companies are partnering to develop a new national platform. It will enable customers to recycle a range of flexible packaging not currently accepted in curbside recycling programmes. This includes produce and bread bags and pla...
30 July 2020
The initial report of the UK government-commissioned National Food Strategy has been published, offering a number of recommendations to government to encourage healthy eating and to protect food standards. The document is written by Henry Dimbleby, lead non-executive board member of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and co-founder of the Leon food-to-go chain. He consulted...
23 June 2020
Saigon Co.op, operator of a leading supermarket chain in Vietnam, launched a sustainable consumption campaign from 6th to 30th June. This event is held in partnership with SaiGonGiaiphong (Liberated Saigon) newspaper. Promotion of green initiatives More than 500,000 participants have shared the program on social networks to spread the word to shoppers. For the “Green Challenge” project, eac...
23 June 2020
Central Food Retail has launched its first health food store in Tops Market, CentralPlaza Chengwattana, one of its flagshop supermarkets. Source: Central Food Retail   The store is launched under the slogan “Nature’s Delights for a Healthy Life” which offers a complete range of health products to meet all health and wellness-oriented lifestyles. The re...
19 June 2020
Japan’s three largest convenience stores, 7-Eleven, FamilyMart and Lawson, have stepped up their efforts to reduce the use of plastics. A mix of short, medium and long-term targets 7-Eleven is beginning to use paper packages for its cold bento boxed meal products. The retailer has already stopped using plastic films and covers for prepared food products, reducing plastic use by 10-25%. F...
16 June 2020
Walmart has acquired the technology platform, patents and key intellectual property of CareZone, a health-tech startup which helps individuals manage their medications. Improving access to healthcare services CareZone was developed to help users organise their health information and access health services. Through a mobile app, users can scan their insurance cards and product labels to bett...
15 June 2020
Woolworths Australia is making some significant changes to how it uses plastics in its produce department. New and reduced packaging across multiple products The retailer is looking to reduce the amount of plastic trays and plastic packaging that it uses across its fruit and vegetables category. Some of the initiatives include using adhesive tape on bunches of products such as bananas, repl...
03 June 2020
Waitrose & Partners has launched a series of virtual health workshops. This news follows the  pivoting of its at-home wine tasting service to become virtual events. Holistic health solutions, accessible from home Waitrose and John Lewis have launched the new initiative in partnership with health and life insurer Vitality. A series of virtual health workshops will cover topics including nutr...
22 May 2020
Iceland has released its first public Food Waste Report, announcing a 23% reduction in food waste and a new nationwide food redistribution initiative. Zero food waste sent to landfill Source: Iceland Food Waste Report Iceland has reduced its food waste by 2,500 tonnes over the last two years. The retailer has done this using the 'target, measure, act...
19 May 2020
Spain-based Alcampo pledges to reduce food waste by launching a service in Madrid with Too Good To Go. Furthermore, it has partnered with Oxfam International reinforce its FairTrade products. Separately, Iceland claims it has reduced its use of plastic by 29% over two years, while, finally, Albert Heijn has announced plans to launch milk from carbon neutral farms in 2021.    Alcampo expands To...