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UK: Plastic packaging a cracking solution for Tesco

Tesco, UK supermarket giant and Britain’s biggest egg retailer, believes it will save more than one million free-range eggs a year as it replaces pulp or cardboard cartons with recyclable plastic ones.

Tesco’s free-range eggs are currently sold in pulp cartons so if an egg breaks in transit, it can seep through the box and damage packs beneath. But the supermarket has trialled a recyclable plastic packaging made from old PET bottles. When an egg breaks, the seepage can be contained in one pack.

Over the past eight weeks, Tesco has trialled the new 12-egg packaging in nearly 200 stores served by depots in the Livingston area of Scotland and Belfast area of Northern Ireland.

Tesco spokesman Lee Gray said: “We know that plastic packs reduce food waste – now we have a pack that will reduce food waste and offer customers a more environmentally-friendly packaging solution.

“If used across all our free-range egg range then it will save on average more than one million eggs each year. The results of the trial are very positive and we hope to be able to roll out the packaging by the end of the year.”

Tesco is the UK’s largest egg retailer, selling around 1.3 billion eggs every year. A win for one packaging supplier/s, and a big loss for others!

Source: Daily Mail UK

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