Aldi Portugal increased the number of organic SKUs in its stores by 48% last year, as well as tripling the number of vegetarian and/or vegan products it offers.
The retailer made the announcement in its third sustainability report, which also revealed that 50% of the retailer's private label seafood products are certified with MSC, ASC, GLOBALG.A.P. or EU-Bio classifications, as part of its commitment to sustainable fishing.
Last year, Aldi Portugal launched a new 'packaging mission' with the aim of avoiding packaging where possible, reducing the use of plastic and introducing selective disposal and recycling for all private label products.
In February of this year, the retailer pledged its support for the Lisbon European Green Capital 2020 - Climate Action 2030 commitment, which foresees the implementation of a wide range of environmental measures in all stores in the Lisbon region.
Elsewhere, Aldi Portugal said that it donates food products that are still consumable but can no longer be sold, to more than 40 local and regional organisations.
As part of its sustainability measures, stores were given a new look based on Aldi's 'Aniko' store design concept, which includes integrated energy saving measures such as photovoltaic systems on store roofs and the installation of refrigerators with CO2 as natural refrigerant.
Aldi Portugal recently opened its 80th store, located in Pedrouços, its 12th outlet in the north of the country.
As part of the retailer’s sustainable development policy, the new store has partnered with Re-Food Ermesinde, which works to eliminate food waste and hunger by reusing the surplus food and redistributing it to families in economic need.
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