Tag Archives: M&S

M&S: the big sustainability push

With single-use packaging in politicians’ sights, the retailer’s circular economy lead talks to Footprint about plans to cut waste to zero. By David Burrows. It’s 14 months since Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall launched his offensive against the coffee shop chains and single-use coffee cups. Starbucks, Costa and Nero bore the brunt of the celebrity chef’s ire, but…
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FSA exempts supermarkets from campylobacter survey

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) will no longer publish results from the nine largest supermarkets as part of its annual campylobacter survey after agreeing for the retailers to publish results on their own websites. The FSA said the decision was based on the significant progress made by the major retailers and producers in taking action…
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Is Fairtrade fair game?

Sainsbury’s has suffered a PR fiasco after ditching the label on some of its teas – but there are legitimate questions about whether the certification scheme works. By David Burrows. Joanna Blythman – the self-proclaimed “thorn in the flesh” of the processed food industry and supermarkets – used her regular column in the Grocer this month to…
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Veggies let down by sandwich choice

High street sandwich sellers must do more to offer customers vegetarian and vegan options, an environmental group has said. Eating Better found that only 4% of over 500 sandwiches it surveyed were plant-based, meaning they did not contain meat, fish, cheese or eggs as main ingredients. Although this represented a slight improvement on the same…
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Linen supplier and M&S join forces for recycling initiative

The London Linen Group have an excellent proven track record in sustainability. They already possess impressive accolades such as being the UK’s most environmentally friendly laundry service, the winner of two Footprint Awards (Sustainable Supplier and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources), Approved Supplier to the Sustainable Restaurant Association and Winner of the inaugural ACE Sustains…
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News review

More sweets at new owner of Morrisons' Local stores and M&S   Jamie Oliver look away now. The new owner of Morrisons convenience stores has claimed the chain hasn’t turned a profit because it hasn’t been selling enough sweets to kids. In the week that sugar has commanded plenty of column inches, Mike Greene told…
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M&S’s new food redistribution scheme

MARKS & SPENCER has launched a nationwide surplus food redistribution scheme that will connect all its stores with local food charities and help the retailer meet its Plan A target of reducing food waste by 20% by 2020. Pressure has been mounting on supermarkets to tackle food waste throughout their supply chains. Shadow environment secretary…
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M&S strengthens commitment to 100% renewables

MARKS & SPENCER joins Unilever and 18 other firms to join the RE100 initiative, announcing that it will source 100% of its power from renewable sources.                     The food, clothing and homeware giant has used renewable power sources for its UK operations since 2012, including using…
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Plan A report lanches new 2020 eco and ethical plan for M&S

MARKS & SPENCER today publishes its 2014 Plan A Report which launches a new, agile and stronger sustainable business plan which extends Plan A across M&S’ international business over the next six years.                     Called Plan A 2020, the 100 commitment plan retains and strengthens M&S’…
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