Feb 2 - UK Group Removes Its Plastic Covers

The UK based FreshPlaza.com reports that one of Britain's largest supermarket group, Asada, will be removing packaging covers from most fresh fruit and vegetables. The experiment will take place in two stores first and could eventually move to all of the chain's 316 stores. The store has even set an internal goal to reduce all packaging by 25 percent this year.

In an experiment next week, Asda is to revisit the days of the 1950s greengrocer by removing all packaging from most fresh produce at two stores in north-west England. If buyers are not put off, the policy will be applied to the chain's 316 stores in the UK. The development follows The Independent's campaign against waste, which urges retailers and the public to reduce packaging, which squanders resources and swells landfill sites.

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