Greggs to roll out first ‘Eco-Shop’ design in 2022


Greggs is gearing up to launch its first ‘Eco-Shop’ this year as part of a sustainability plan aligned with the ambitions of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The bakery chain created the template for the Eco-Shop, which will serve as a testbed for eco-initiatives, last year.

Greggs said that a further 250 shops will have “Eco-Shop elements” by the end of the year.

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Eventually some 25% of its 2,000-strong store network will feature elements from its ‘shop of the future’ design.

The Eco-Shop is one of 10 commitments that Greggs has made to “help make the world a better place” by 2025.

Other targets include creating 25% less food waste than in 2018 and continuing to work towards 100% of surplus food going to those most in need.

Last year it reduced the ratio of manufacturing waste to sales by 31%. It will improve this by a further 10% in 2022 and increase food redistribution by the same amount.

Greggs assessed the carbon footprint of its whole value chain last year and will complete a supplier engagement plan and publish Science Based Targets over the next 12 months. It will use 100% renewable energy across all operations as it makes progress towards its Net Zero target.

Additionally, it intends to use 25% less packaging, by weight, than in 2019 and any remaining packaging will be made from material that is widely recycled.

Roger Whiteside, chief executive of Greggs, said: “As a business we have a strong sense of responsibility to do the right thing for our people, customers, suppliers and communities and to lead positive change.

“Although there is still work to be done, with our clear plan for the next year I believe we are well-placed to meet our ambitious targets for 2025 and beyond, as our business continues to grow and evolve and we work together to make the world a better place.”

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