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Meijer Reduces Plastic Packaging In Bolthouse Farms’ Partnership

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Meijer is the first retailer nationwide to carry Earthbound Farm Organic Mini Peeled Carrots, packaged by Bolthouse Farms in compostable bags.

According to Ron Lovelace, director of produce for Meijer, the partnership with Bolthouse Farms – one of the retailer’s longest supplier relationships – reflects the company’s preference for offering its customers more sustainable packaging options.

“The decisions we make today impact the world we live in, which is why we’re committed to continual improvement through smart partnerships and innovations that benefit our customers and communities,” Lovelace said.

“We’ve been clear and vocal with our suppliers that we want to offer more sustainable packaging options, and if they can develop the packaging, we will partner with them.”

The product remains available at Meijer and can be purchased in each of its stores across the Midwest. The packaging is made from 100 percent renewable sources of canola and soy and is certified home compostable by TUV, a globally recognized leader in sustainable packaging. It is certified to bio-degrade at least 90 percent by 26 weeks and 100 percent by 52 weeks in a backyard compost heap or bin.

“Bolthouse Farms and Meijer have long been partners in innovation and progress,” said Karen White, marketing director for Bolthouse Farms.

“Together, we’re turning the page to a greener future, celebrating our shared aspirations for sustainable produce packaging and an exciting journey for our beloved carrot.”

Meijer has a practice of integrating environmental initiatives into its daily operations, including making packaging more sustainable.

In 2018, Meijer set a goal to add a How2Recycle label, which communicates recycling instructions, on 100 percent of its True Goodness by Meijer products (where the product has room for a label). Meijer met this goal in early 2023 when it finished placing this label on an estimated 500 products storewide.

The retailer is also working toward making its Meijer brand packaging 100 percent recyclable, reusable or compostable and is encouraging its suppliers to improve the recyclability of their own packaging.

“We’re committed to partnering with our suppliers on innovations that push the industry forward,” said Erik Petrovskis, director of environmental compliance and sustainability at Meijer. “We’re willing to go the extra mile to do what is right for the environment around us not because we have to, but because it’s the right thing to do.”

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