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Aldi expanding plastic-free produce pilot

Retailer is removing plastic wrap from private label produce as part of its ongoing sustainability efforts
Picture by Simon Hadley.

Aldi is extending a trial to remove plastic packaging from some fresh fruits and vegetables in stores in England.

The retailer is selling private brand produce such as cabbage and cauliflower without plastic wrapping.

The move follows a successful trial in Scotland earlier this year.

Aldi estimated that if the plastic-free initiative was introduced in all 830 of its stores in the United Kingdom it would save more than 100 tons of plastic a year without increasing food waste.

The trial selling plastic-free fruits and vegetables will start at the beginning of July in the North and South East England. If the trial is successful the retailer plans to roll out plastic-free produce lines to all of its stores by the end of 2019.

Aldi pledged that its private brand packaging would be recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022 and that the company would reduce plastic packaging by 25% by the end of 2023.

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