Sainsbury’s goes trayless on whole chickens

Sainsbury’s goes trayless on whole chickens

Sainsbury’s has announced that its by Sainsbury’s whole chicken range is now trayless, after the retailer removed single-use plastic trays from its packaging. Using a minimum of 50% less plastic, the change is estimated to save 140 tonnes of plastic annually.

Sainsbury’s hopes to save over 10 million pieces of plastic by going trayless on certain whole chicken products.

The trayless products are available in all stores across the UK and online, aimed at reducing the amount of single-use plastic consumers have to dispose of at home. The retailer said the change affects five products in total, including all by Sainsbury’s whole chickens ranging from extra small to extra-large sizes.

The move is the latest in a string of plastic reductions as part of the retailer’s ongoing commitment to halve its use of own brand plastic packaging by 2025.

As part of its wider sustainability commitments, Sainsbury’s said it is also dedicated to protecting animal welfare across its supply chains. In March, Sainsbury’s made improvements to its chicken welfare standards, by moving all its fresh and frozen own brand by Sainsbury’s chicken to a lower stocking density. The move means its chickens now have 20% more space than the Red Tractor UK industry standard.

The retailer said it has also introduced more enrichment bales, pecking objects and platforms for perching, giving its chickens the freedom to express natural behaviours.

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