ditching plastic packaging at the market

by:Yucai     2020-05-16
Metro, a Canadian retailer based in Quebec and Ontario, recently announced that, it will be the first large grocery chain in the country to allow customers to bring their own reusable containers to wrap individual meat, fish, pastries and cooked food products.
This is an important step forward for the industry, but it is also accompanied by risks.
This policy, which applies only to Quebec, came into effect on Monday.
While similar positive announcements may soon be made by other grocers, this clearly sets a precedent.
Quebec\'s Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries expressed support for the plan.
Previously, retailers were fully responsible for the safety of food supplied or sold by stores.
As a result, they refused to fill the container they did not have.
Now, it is the responsibility of Metro and its customers.
However, the container must be normal and neutral with no bar code and logo.
They must also be thoroughly cleaned and not damaged in any way.
The use of glass containers is prohibited due to handling risks.
Shop assistants must ensure there is no risk of contamination and verify the cleanliness of all containers.
For food safety, Metro is seeking a moral contract with customers.
Pathogens are often invisible.
Grocery shop assistants often work under pressure and they cannot know without a doubt whether the containers are clean or not.
They need to accept the customer\'s confidence in his or her ability to clean the container.
In addition, the clerk must be well trained in handling containers of various sizes.
They must serve the public politely while ensuring that the counter and the display are not crossed
Pollute any container or food that is being sold.
The accident will happen soon.
It\'s also interesting to see how to deal with scenario conflicts.
Customers who buy plastic-
Reduce the games and hope to fill their containers.
However, if these containers are rejected at the time of service, some diplomacy and consideration will be required in these situations.
All the subway demand is to make a customer on social media dissatisfied with salad bar\'s rejection of containers, and the whole event is threatened.
If it does not happen in the first month, it will be shocking.
Metro is therefore taking risks by implementing such a policy.
Despite this, Metro made the right decision.
This is the first time that this is significant in this industry, especially when dealing with environmental issues.
Plastic has become an enemy.
Over the past few years, grocers and other participants in the food industry have struggled to find alternatives to fast packaging.
Changing straws, bags and utensils seems more distracting than anything.
With the introduction of the new policy, Metro has begun to focus on the core of the issue of plastic packaging.
Plastic packaging has played an important role in the food industry for decades
Cheap solutions for food safety.
Whether we like it or not, plastic gives us convenience.
But now, Metro believes that environmental management is better than food safety for consumers.
At least, it is assumed that both are equal in the eyes of customers.
Consumers have expressed concerns for several years, so it\'s not surprising to see large grocery stores join independent retailers, who are leading the way in reusable packaging.
Metro is embracing the first era of reusable packaging.
We should expect other grocers to push for reuse.
Package the envelope further.
The next solution can range from reusable packages for consignment shared across supply chains to packable.
Technology exists.
But, for years, we have been damaged by convenience and only time can prove whether consumers will give up the pursuit of simple repair provided by plastic packaging.
Sylvain Charlebois is senior director of the agricultural sector
Food Analysis Laboratory and professor of food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University, as well as a senior fellow at the Atlantic market research institute. —
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