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Asda named Britains greenest grocer

ASDA’s 155,000 colleagues are today celebrating being named ‘Multiple Environmental Retailer of the Year’ at this year’s prestigious Retail Industry Awards staged in London last night [27th Sept 2007].

ASDA won the inaugural accolade for its common sense approach to sustainable retailing, beating off strong competition from the likes of Marks and Spencer and Morrison’s.

The annual awards, which celebrate the best in retailing in both the multiple and independent sectors, are firmly established as the Oscars of the retail sector with intense competition in every category.

ASDA’s winning entry hinged on key initiatives for example…

Reducing waste – It is committed to sending zero waste to landfill by 2010

Eliminating packaging – It is committed to reducing its own brand food packaging weight and carrier bag usage by 25% by the end of 2008.

Saving energy – It is committed to reduce the CO2 emissions from stores and depots by 20% by 2012.

ASDA’s heritage of green retailing dates back to the 1980s when Archie Norman coined the phrase ‘We hate waste of any kind’. Since then ASDA has built on this principle to lead the field when it comes to sustainable retailing.

Chief Executive Andy Bond said, "We are absolutely delighted to win this award. It recognises all of the hard work we have put in over the last 18 months to drive our green initiatives. Perhaps M&S needs a plan B after all!’

Posted in Press Centre on 28 September 2007