Tesco has announced that sushi is now so popular that it has become the UK’s fastest growing premium lunchtime main. Demand at the supermarket has grown so significantly that sushi has even replaced the smoked salmon sandwich as Britain’s favourite premium lunchtime treat.
HelloFresh has published a survey among consumers in Germany, the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands around food waste and its current labeling system. The results show that on average every second person throws away food at least once or twice a month (UK: 61.3%, NL: 53.8%, BE: 49.0%, DE: 44.1%, FR: 39.3%), every fifth simply because they follow the date labeling on the packaging – regardless of the quality.
Waitrose is to grow its position in on-demand grocery shopping and the convenience sector after announcing a new multi-year partnership with Uber Eats. The partnership has now launched on the Uber Eats platform in five initial London stores. It will then roll out to more than 200 stores, including shops in Wales and Scotland.
Asda have announced their latest partnership with Just Eat which will see their Café menu available to 129 new locations. The roll-out follows a successful trial in 42 stores, taking the total number of locations to 171. In initial trials, thousands of customers placed orders each week with Pizzas proving to be the most popular item.
Marks & Spencer has removed ‘Use By’ dates across its RSPCA Assured Select Farms British and organic fresh milk as part of its commitment to halving food waste by 2030 and reaching net zero by 2040. The change, which is being rolled out across all M&S UK stores, will see ‘Use By’ dates on fresh milk replaced with ‘Best Before’ dates.
Asda has announced that it will replace coloured caps with clear caps on all its own label fresh milk, including skimmed, semi-skimmed, whole, organic, and filtered milk.
Tesco has confirmed it has now removed more than two billion pieces of plastic from its UK business since the launch of its 4Rs packaging strategy in 2019 (‘Remove, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle’). In the last 12 months, the supermarket has identified and removed 500 million pieces of unnecessary plastic.
Asda first introduced refill two years ago and has since been testing and learning, working with customers to find what most appeals to them. Asda has partnered with WRAP and Unilever, with funding from Innovate UK, to find out customer barriers to participation, so it could look at ways it can increase participation.
Climate action NGO WRAP is using the run up to Christmas to help avoid food going to waste through its Love Food Hate Waste and Recycle Now campaigns.
Aldi has announced the rolling out of soft plastic recycling bins across almost all its UK stores. Following a successful trial last year, the move means customers can return all types of clean, soft plastic packaging.