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As the retailer looks to continue to build the success of its Act for Food initiative globally, it has announced, with Nestle, the use of Blockchain technology for a national brand, while in Belgium it has entered into a partnership with pork supplier, Westvers.

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Carrefour has signed the national pact for phasing out plastic packaging by 2025.

Carrefour is one of many businesses to have signed an agreement with the ministry of ecological transition in France, solidifying its commitment to reducing plastic packaging use for good.  


Source: Carrefour

In 2018, Carrefour committed to ensuring all of the packaging used in its products being recyclable or compostable by 2025.  Carrefour is now advocating that other companies within the retail sector follow suit.

Future commitments

During 2019, traditional polystyrene trays will be replaced with cardboard in the cheese section, a change that will save 111 tonnes of plastic this year.  Carrefour will also remove the plastic sachets that surround its organic fair-trade bananas, instead identifying them with elastic bands.  This simple change will save around 23 tonnes of plastic each year, and eventually, the bands will also be made of paper.  

Carrefour has also committed to removing the plastic shrink wrap on cucumbers by March 2020, eliminating a further 6.5 tonnes of plastic.  Further to these plastic reducing initiatives, Carrefour will allow customers to bring their own containers to fresh produce stands in store, such as the delicatessen and pastry counters.

These actions are in line with Carrefour’s Act For Food programme, which has seen the retailer take solid actions to deliver against its commitments.


 

Carrefour is working with Urbasolar and investing in photovoltaic awnings in 36 of its hypermarket car parks. The initiative will support Carrefour’s climate plan.

Improving “green” credentials

Urbasolar is France’s leading supplier of independent photovoltaic awnings. The installation of these parking canopies will generate electricity for the hypermarkets’ own use. Carrefour is the first retailer in France to use this method of generating electricity for its stores.

The canopies provided by Urbasolar will cover several hundred parking spaces in each of the 36 superstores. They will provide shelter from the elements for customers of the store as well as harnessing solar power for the stores. Across the 36 stores, the panels will generate 21,000 MWh of green energy, and avoiding 210 tonnes of CO2 each year that they are functional. The power generated will be part of the energy needed to run the stores, and will make Carrefour the leading user of a self-consumption energy system in France.

Contributing to the broader CSR effort

This innovative approach illustrates Carrefour’s commitment to finding alternative energy sources and delivering against its CSR commitments.


Carrefour Belgium uses the technology to track pork, while Carrefour Italia extends blockchain usage to citrus fruit.

Smartphone traceability in Belgium

Carrefour has been working with Vinçotte, a Belgian start-up, to provide a digital traceability solution for customers buying from its ‘Pork of Yesteryear’ range, which is a part of the ‘Carrefour Quality Line’. "The application will enable stakeholders to react more quickly and even more accurately to potential problems in the supply chain, thereby ensuring better overall food security", says Marco Croon, CEO of Vinçotte.

The solution involves a QR code being fixed to the packaging during processing. The code can then be scanned with a smartphone to enable a customer to identify the source of the product. After scanning the QR code, the customer is taken to a web page where they can make any comments or register complaints as well as find recipes to make with the product.

Carrefour is the only retailer in Belgium to offer this technology, and more products are expected to be added throughout the year.

Source: Carrefour

Carrefour Italy applies blockchain technology to fruit

Carrefour Italy has applied blockchain technology to Tarre Oranges and Sicilian Lemons. The citrus fruits are available in all Carrefour Italy outlets and are part of the Carrefour Quality Filiera brand. This line, in particular, is focused on sustainability and quality, with fruit sourced from 25 farms selected in Eastern Sicily that adhere to set sustainability guidelines.

Giovanni Panzeri, MDD Director of Carrefour Italia said "We are proud of the results obtained so far with blockchain traceability, which has attracted a strong interest in consumers, more and more attentive to the transparency of products and supply chain, and an important involvement of our producers, who enthusiastically joined our proposal. In fact, the blockchain represents a pact of trust between Carrefour Italia, the end customer and the manufacturing companies, who espouse our values of total transparency of information and product quality. "

Source: Carrefour

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