Kesko ranked again the most sustainable grocery trade company in the world

Kesko is the only Finnish company to have been on the Global 100 list every year since it was first established in 2005. This year, Kesko is the best company in the ‘Grocery and Diversified Stores’ category and thus ranks as the most sustainable grocery trade company in the world for the seventh consecutive year. The top 1% of the world’s most sustainable companies were included on the Global 100 list based on a sustainability assessment carried out on 8.080 companies. The companies were assessed on 24 indicators related to environmental and social responsibility and good corporate governance.

SPAR International and Too Good To Go agree global partnership to reduce food waste

The international partnership aims to help reduce food waste by allowing shoppers to order food from SPAR supermarkets at a reduced cost that would otherwise be wasted. After downloading the Too Good To Go app and registering, SPAR customers can find out how many discounted food packages are available at SPAR stores in their area. The SPAR Too Good To Go food packages, named ‘Magic Bags’ on the App, consist principally of fresh food products, including vegetables, fruit, dairy products, baked goods and other items from the SPAR range.

EDEKA & Apeel cut retail food waste by 50%

EDEKA and Apeel released the results of an extensive pilot of Apeel avocados in 2.900 EDEKA and Netto Marken-Discount stores in Germany. Apeel has developed a plant-based protective coating that keeps fruit and vegetables fresher longer by slowing moisture loss and oxidation – thus extending quality and shelf life across the supply chain. With this innovative approach, EDEKA experienced a 50% reduction in food waste in the avocado category and 20% increase in sales, which the German retailer attributes to less waste and increased customer demand. After the incredibly successful pilot, EDEKA introduced Apeel produce at more than 11.000 EDEKA and Netto stores throughout Germany. Avocados, oranges, and clementines under the World Wildlife Fund project are the first Apeel produce categories available at EDEKA and Netto. In partnership with their suppliers, EDEKA and Apeel plan to introduce additional longer-lasting produce categories and further their commitment to sustainability.

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REWE largely gets rid of packaging for organic natural products – 290.000 kg annual savings

REWE offers nationwide organic fruit and vegetables largely without plastic or with improved packaging. Thanks to the more environmentally friendly packaging design in more than 3.600 supermarkets, the retail group saves 210.000 kilograms of plastic and 80.000 kilograms of paper every year. This step was preceded by an "unpackaged test" in REWE and nahkauf stores in Baden-Württemberg, the Palatinate and Saarland. It was used to collect important data on the effects of not packaging organic fruit and vegetables.

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