Aldi trials loose vegetables initiative in England and Scotland

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Aldi trials loose vegetables initiative in England and Scotland



The trial will take place in England and Scotland (Picture: Getty)Aldi is trialling a loose vegetables initiative in England and Scotland.
The supermarket has started selling savoy cabbage, red cabbage, white cabbage, pointed cabbage and cauliflower without plastic wrapping.
The project first launched in Scotland earlier this year, and over the next few months will be rolled out across parts of the north east and south east of England, and in all stores across the UK by the end of the year.
According to Aldi, the trial in Scotland has already saved more than three tonnes of plastic.
It’s anticipated that once extended all of the supermarket’s 830 UK stories, this figure will rise to 100 tonnes per year.
‘The trial of so-called ‘naked’ vegetables has had a very positive reception in Scotland and, as a result, we’re now looking to extend this trial into two of our regions in England,’ said Fritz Walleczek, Aldi managing director of corporate responsibility.
‘Where we can, our aim is to remove unnecessary plastic entirely without leading to unnecessary food waste.
‘Where we can’t do that, we are committed to ensuring that packaging doesn’t end up as waste by ensuring that all ours is recyclable, reusable or compostable.’
Aldi isn’t the only supermarket offering loose vegetables.

The company hopes to reduce plastic use (Picture: Getty)Morrisons has also introduced both plastic free fruit and vegetables in its stores.
Customers are now able to pick up the fruit and veg loose and put them in their own bags or use recyclable paper ones.
The move follows a ten-month trial in three Morrisons stores in Skipton, Guiseley and St Ives. In those stores, the amount of loose fruit and veg bought by customers increased by an average of 40%.
The supermarket hopes to see similar results across other stores, which could save an estimated three tonnes of plastic a week.
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‘Many of our customers would like the option of buying their fruit and veg loose. So we’re creating an area of our greengrocery with no plastic where they can pick as much or as little as they like,’ said Drew Kirk, fruit and veg director at Morrisons.
‘We’re going back to using traditional greengrocery and we hope customers appreciate the choice.’
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