As part of Carrefour’s corporate aim to adapt its model and organisation to be a leader in food transition for all, we look at initiatives and campaigns being launched by its operations across Europe.
Carrefour looks to limit consumption of plastic in Poland and Spain
Carrefour Poland is enabling shoppers at its Fordon Gallery store in Bydgoszcz to bring their own containers and bags to limit its use of plastic. Meanwhile the same initiative is being rolled out in Spain, under the #Reutiliza (#Reuse) name, following its launch at a Carrefour Market in Madrid. In the latter country, the initiative is available at 1,000 Carrefour Market stores.
Shoppers buying products like meat, cheese, cabbage, pickled cucumbers, fruit and vegetables can hand over transparent containers with lids, into which staff will put the items and add a label for scanning at the checkout. Separately it has said that by 2025 it is aiming to only use packaging that can be recycled or composted for its private label products.
Carrefour Romania to support farmers’ organic production
Carrefour Romania has launched a programme aimed at supporting sustainable agriculture in the country. The retailer said the five-year initiative would aim to help producers to approach organic certification bodies, support them in dealing with local authorities and help them accessing public financing.
Producers can either register their interest in being involved in the programme online or by visiting one of its hypermarkets. The support would be offered across three main areas:
- to support farmers for implementing sustainable farming practices in their farms;
- to build a coalition of stakeholders for the development of sustainable organic agriculture;
- to engage media and influencers to promote the benefits of bio-farming in the country.
Carrefour to make deliveries with electric vehicles in Madrid
To cut its emissions from delivering online orders, Carrefour is set to use three-wheeled electric vehicles in Madrid. The retailer will use the vehicles, called Scoobic Light, which is 100% electric and uses solar panels for recharging. The Scoobic Light has been designated as a scooter, which means it can be parked in spaces for two-wheeled vehicles, making it highly practical for making deliveries in urban areas. The scooter can run for eight hours and carry 1,400 litres by volume.
Carrefour Italy joins ‘Too good to go’ initiative
Carrefour Italy has joined the ‘Too Good to Go’ initiative. The programme, which is run through an app used by more than eight million people across nine countries, sees food retailers and restaurants sell unsold food for a reduced price. The food is brought together by ‘Too good to go’ in Magic Boxes that sell for between €2 and €6. The app geolocates shoppers and searches for companies in their proximity that will be able to supply food ‘too good to be thrown away’.
Commenting on the step, Carrefour Italy said: “The proposal of practical solutions such as the Too Good To Go app makes it possible to accelerate the achievement of the objective of reducing food waste, a requirement that is not only social, but also environmental.”
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