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Consumer Goods Forum introduces Global Protocol on Packaging Sustainability

BY Allison Cerra

PARIS — The Consumer Goods Forum released the Global Protocol on Packaging Sustainability, a global measurement system designed to help the consumer packaged goods industry to better assess the relative sustainability of packaging.

The GPPS — collectively designed by a diverse group of retailers and manufacturers, aided by packaging material suppliers and packaging manufacturers — helps the CPG industry understand the environmental impact of their packaging by providing a common language to address a range of business questions about packaging sustainability either within a company or between business partners, the Consumer Goods forum said. The common language consists of a framework — called A Global Language for Packaging Sustainability, which was first published in June 2010 — and a measurement system. The metrics published in the GPPS deliver the measurement system.

The GPPS, which can be accessed free of charge here, is sponsored by Tesco CEO Philip Clarke and Unilever CEO Paul Polman, who serve as board members for the Consumer Goods Forum.

"One of the strengths of this project is how it has brought together so many companies and organizations from across our industry to work collectively on developing this common language," Polman said.

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Winn-Dixie couples flu-prevention groceries with flu shot

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Winn-Dixie Stores on Wednesday upped the ante in its pursuit of administering more flu shots this year — through Sept. 20 guests who use their Customer Reward Card when getting a seasonal flu vaccination will pay a $5-discounted rate of $24.99 for the shot and will receive five free bonus grocery items — fresh fruit, orange juice, hand sanitizer, wipes and tissues — valued at $12.71.

The flu shot promotion is part of Winn-Dixie’s "What-A-Deal” program for flu season for the second consecutive year.

“By offering this deal, our guests not only save money, but they also enjoy the convenience of being vaccinated by their neighborhood Winn-Dixie pharmacists with no appointment required,” stated John Fegan, Winn-Dixie’s VP pharmacy.

Specifically, shoppers taking advantage of the deal will recieve a 3-lb. bag of new crop Eastern Jonamac apples, a 64-oz. container of Minute Maid orange juice, an 8-oz. bottle of Top Care hand sanitizer, a 35-count package of Winn-Dixie disinfecting wipes and a 65-count or 85-count box of Winn-Dixie facial tissues, the company stated.

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Scotties debuts Laura Ashley Collection at Target

BY Allison Cerra

BURLINGTON, Mass. — Facial tissue brand Scotties has launched the Laura Ashley Collection, an exclusive line that will be sold at Target this month.

Offering a new twist on home décor, Scotties has paired its facial tissue with Laura Ashley’s signature prints. Scotties said it plans to expand its design portfolio in 2012, with plans for retail expansion across the United States.

“Research shows that consumers care about the design of a facial tissue box just as much as they care about the quality of the product inside,” Scotties director of marketing Joe Richards said. “When we asked consumers what design brand they would like to see created as a tissue box, Laura Ashley was at the top of the list.”

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