U.K.: Tesco trials removing plastic from fruit and veg

March 29 , 2019

The U.K.'s largest supermarket, Tesco, says it has removed an "extensive selection" of plastic wrapped fruit and vegetable items from two of its stores.

The retailer’s latest move toward sustainable packaging will trial removing packaged fruit and veg "wherever a loose alternative exists".

A total of 45 packaged foods will be taken out of stores in Watford and Swindon. Customers will see fruit and veg including varieties of apples, mushrooms, peppers, onions, bananas and avocados free from their packaging.

The retailer says it will be surveying shoppers in the stores to help understand the reaction to the trial. It will also be closely monitoring each of the included products to see if there is an increase in food waste.

“We want to remove as much plastic as we can from our products, only using what is necessary to protect and preserve our food," Tesco’s director of quality Sarah Bradbury said.

“We hope this trial proves popular with customers. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the results, including any impact on food waste. Whatever happens, we’re going to keep reducing the amount of packaging we use and ensure everything on our shelves is fully recyclable.”

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