Co-op reduces food-to-go packaging

The Co-op has reduced its food-to-go packaging across its entire range, with changes including banning all single use plastic cutlery, in favour of wooden sporks.

The move comes part of the symbol group retailer‘s 2022 Summer range, which is inspired by a wide range of global flavours, includes the launch of a wide range of sushi, alongside new sandwiches, wraps, and salads.

By reducing the food-to-go packaging and moves to remove all single-use plastic cutlery, Co-op will remove approximately 274 tonnes of unnecessary plastic, cardboard and film from its stores.

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The new range also sees a reduction of meat. As a result, eight additional vegan and vegetarian products have been introduced.

“We’re really pleased that we’ve managed to remove a significant amount of plastic, cardboard and film on our food-to-go products, which will reduce the amount of packaging in our stores by over 270 tonnes.

“Our teams have worked hard to deliver what is a really positive step forward for packaging, delivering the same fantastic sandwiches and salads as sustainably as possible.”

Co-op Product Development Manager, Sam Griffiths added: “We’ve added a wide range of products to our food-to-go section this summer, perfect for all types of lunches. Influenced by traditional rolls from Japan, we’re particularly excited about our new the range of sushi.

“We’ve also seen a huge rise in demand for sushi, most likely driven by lockdown as consumers couldn’t easily make it for themselves at home. The new range now offers a huge variety to both our customers and members, that they are able to pick up on the go.”

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