Asda to switch all fresh chicken out of trays and into pouches

Asda is launching new packaging across its entire chicken range, which the retailer said would save 450 tonnes of plastic a year.

Asda is moving its selection of chicken out of plastic trays and into the new pouches in a supermarket first, following a successful trial last year on mini-fillets and diced breasts. The move will reduce plastic packaging by up to 50% across the range, 

Customers will see the new packaging launch on chicken thighs in the coming weeks and by the middle of summer, the full range, including whole birds, drumsticks, legs, diced breasts, and mini fillets will be in new packaging.

As well as reducing plastic, the pouches support hygienic preparation of meals, Asda said, with customers able to simply pour the poultry from-pack straight into the pan, without needing to pick the chicken up with hands or utensils.

Lisa Barratt, Asda’s Poultry Buying Manger said: “The change in poultry packaging marks the next step in our commitment to use less and recycle more, something which we are very passionate about delivering for our customers and colleagues.

“The move means customers don’t have to prioritise plastic reduction over grocery decision making, ensuring the nation can continue purchasing quality poultry at the same price.”

The initiative is part of Asda’s long-term commitment to remove single use plastic from its business. Since 2018, the supermarket has removed 9,000 tonnes or plastic and committed to removing 3bn pieces of plastic from own-brand products by 2025.

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