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Canada’s food industry prepares to tackle the plastics problem

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We're seeing some movement with Canadian grocers on the food packaging front.

Over a month ago, Metro opted to allow consumers to come to stores with their own containers to shop for food. Metro was first, but it's not a national player, operating only in Quebec and Ontario.

Now Loblaws has announced it's partnering with TerraCycle, an American-based company specializing in consignment packaging, for a one-year pilot project in the Toronto area. It's good timing, considering the mounting pressures the food industry is under.

For months, rumours have swirled about the entry of the Loop system into the Canadian market. Most observers knew it was just a matter of time. The Loop is the TerraCycle-led program that allows consumers to buy food in reusable containers.

In Canada, only Loblaws really has the sales volume to support the logistics required to run this circular economy initiative. Loblaws is Canada's No. 1 grocer, with annual sales exceeding $47 billion.

Starting in 2020, the containers will be available only to customers purchasing online and they will be picked up again by Loblaws. No information is available yet about fees for consumers, but the Loop typically requires an initial deposit in markets in the U.S.

It will be........

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