This week in FMCG

Take a look back at the news from the last week in June on Inside FMCG, involving supermarket giant and major FMCG brands.

Amatil creates 100% recycled soft drinks plastic bottle

Coca-Cola Amatil has made a carbonated soft drink bottle manufactured from 100 per cent recycled plastic. All single-serve plastic bottles in Australia ill be made from fully recycled materials by the end of 2019. Amatil group managing director Alison Watkins said the switch “is an Australian first” and was a challenge to have 100 per cent recycled materials that can be applied to different types of beverages.

Woolworths expanded Scan&Go in stores

Supermarket Woolworths has expanded the smartphone shopping trial to five more locations. Scan&Go is now available in four Metro stores in Sydney’s CBD, and its Mona Vale store on the Northern Beaches. Shoppers can scan products with their smartphone and pay in the app, before tapping off at a kiosk. Woolies head of payments Paul Monnington said the Double Bay trial was a success and he thinks time-poor shoppers in Sydney’s business district will appreciate the convenience of the new service.

Aldi to cut single-use plastics

Aldi Australia will get rid of single-use plastics, including cotton buds, plastic plates and straws from stores by the end of 2020. Aldi managing director Oliver Bongardt said it will eliminate at least a quarter of all plastic packaging from its product range by 2025. It also will apply to its fresh produce range with sustainable alternatives which won’t result in increased food waste. It will also replace black plastics which are difficult to recycle.

Amazon gained top spot in UK’s cooking and baking market

E-commerce giant Amazon is set to become the top retailer for cooking and baking needs in the UK, according to a GlobalData report. It is expected to increase its share of the market this year to 6.2 per cent, pushing ahead of former supermarket leader Sainsbury’s. Tesco, ASDA and Wilko are among the other popular cooking and baking retailers in the UK, but they are struggling to compete with Amazon.

Kaufland begins construction of $255 million distribution centre

Retail giant Kaufland Australia launched the construction of a A$255 million state-of-the-art distribution centre in Mickleham, Victoria. The 117,000+ square metre facility will include 130 loading docks and will incorporate the latest technologies in automation, sustainability and efficiency. Kaufland Australia said the facility will create 600 new jobs for the area.

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