// Co-op overhauls food-to-go range to reduce packaging
// Co-op is adding a wide range of sushi alongside new sandwiches, wraps, and salads
Co-op has transformed its food-to-go as it seeks to reduce packaging across the range and all single use plastic cutlery has been removed in favour of wooden sporks.
As part of the convenience retailer’s 2022 Summer range, the Co-op is adding a wide range of sushi alongside new sandwiches, wraps, and salads, inspired by a wide range global flavours.
In a bid to make the range as sustainable as possible, the Co-op is significantly reducing the amount of packaging on its food-to-go products.
By reducing packaging and removing all single-use plastic cutlery in favour of wooden sporks, approximately 274 tonnes of unnecessary plastic, cardboard and film will be removed from Co-op’s stores.
The range also sees a reduction of meat, with eight additional vegan and vegetarian products being introduced.
The sushi products being introduced to the range include the Salmon and Prawn pack, the Vegan taster pack, the Premium Fish Selection and the Chicken and Duck Pack.
Other products being introduced to the range include Thai Bang Bang Noodle Salad, Chicken Katsu Bento Box, Halloumi Flatbread, Spinach and Pine Nut Falafel Wrap and the Coronation Chicken Sub Roll.
Co-op packaging manager, Robert Thompson said: “We’re really pleased that we’ve managed to remove a significant amount of plastic, cardboard and film on our food-to-go products, which will reduce the amount of packaging in our stores by over 270 tonnes.
“Our teams have worked hard to deliver what is a really positive step forward for packaging, delivering the same fantastic sandwiches and salads as sustainably as possible.”
Co-op Product Development Manager, Sam Griffiths said: “We’ve added a wide range of products to our food-to-go section this summer, perfect for all types of lunches. Influenced by traditional rolls from Japan, we’re particularly excited about our new the range of sushi.
“We’ve also seen a huge rise in demand for sushi, most likely driven by lockdown as consumers couldn’t easily make it for themselves at home. The new range now offers a huge variety to both our customers and members, that they are able to pick up on the go.”