Tesco scraps canned multipacks from all its UK stores

Tesco will become the first UK retailer to remove canned multipacks from all its stores and replace them with plastic-free multi-buys. This will see 67 million pieces of plastic eliminated.

All cans will be available individually, with no plastic wrap holding them together any more. They’ll still be eligible for multi-buy deals, representing the same value for customers, just without plastic.

The change applies to both Tesco own brand products and branded products, like Heinz. It will help more than eight million households in the UK reduce the amount of plastic they use, and contributes to Tesco’s commitment to remove one billion pieces of plastic from its own brand products by the end of 2020.

Tesco CEO, Dave Lewis, said: “We are removing all unnecessary and non-recyclable plastic from Tesco. As part of this work, removing plastic wrapped multipacks from every Tesco store in the UK will cut 350 tonnes of plastic from the environment every year and customers will still benefit from the same great value ‘multipack’ price. This is part of our plan to remove one billion pieces of plastic in 2020.”

Georgiana de Noronha, president of Kraft Heinz Northern Europe, also commented: “We’re excited to be partnering with Tesco on this. While we know we have more to do, this initiative is good news for the environment, and for the millions of people who enjoy Heinz varieties every day, as they’ll still be able to benefit from the same great value for money.”

The move was trialled with customers in Tesco’s Bar Hill Extra store. Here, we have a wide range of packaging trials under one roof to assess effectiveness and how customers respond. The removal of plastic-wrapped multipacks is the first major trial to roll out from Bar Hill. It will roll out across all Tesco stores from 2 March.

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