Asta is making a huge change in how customers will receive their online orders, which will take effect from April 30th. The supermarket said it was carrying out the operation “as things return to normal”.
When preparing customer orders, Asta does not pack most food in plastic bags.
However, it will continue to package new products, meat and poultry in plastic to ensure the safety of shopkeepers and maintain the quality of the product.
Asta urges customers to make sure they have their own bags or boxes ready at their doorstep or in car boots so that when they receive or collect orders, they can pack their groceries themselves.
However, Asta said staff and supply drivers will be happy to help if customers are self-isolated or have difficulty packing their own bags.
Instead, poultry products will be sold in eco-friendly bags.
Asta shoppers will notice the change in all stores in the coming weeks, with all chickens in the middle of the chicken in reduced packaging.
These include whole birds, drumsticks, chicken legs, sliced breast and mini fillets.
This will reduce plastic pollution and increase hygiene as customers no longer need to take chicken out of trays.
This means that when the chicken is cooked, shoppers can slide the meat directly from its bag into the pan.
Asta Poultry Purchasing Manager Lisa Barrett said: “The change in poultry packaging marks the next stage of our commitment to recycling more and less, which we are very keen to deliver to our customers and colleagues.
“This measure ensures that consumers do not have to prioritize plastic cuts in grocery decisions, and that the nation can continue to buy quality chickens at the same price.”