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SPAR Ireland to introduce new compostable coffee cups

July 16, 2018 IN THE CATEGORY: Environment, Responsible retailing

  • Nigel Scully, Managing Director at ARYZTA Food Solutions Ireland, Leo Crawford, Group Chief Executive, BWG Group, John Cahill, Bewleys Coffee and Harry O’Kelly, CEO Insomnia Coffee Company

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BWG Group, owners and operators of the SPAR Brand in Ireland, has teamed up with its exclusive premium coffee partners Insomnia, Bewley’s and Seattle’s Best Coffee to introduce 100% compostable and fully biodegradable coffee cups in all SPAR and EUROSPAR Supermarkets with immediate effect. It’s estimated that the move will prevent 19 million coffee cups going to landfill each year.

Created from raw materials and plant sources, the sustainable coffee cups are certified by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) Board, providing assurance to consumers that the cups have been sustainably sourced.

In addition to the new cups, BWG encourages other environmentally friendly initiatives such as reusable KeepCups and branded Bags for Life. The company also plans to introduce other sustainable packaging solutions in the near future, such as compostable food containers, cutlery and drinking straws.

Leo Crawford, BWG Group Chief Executive, said: “BWG is the nation’s biggest seller of premium coffee to-go and with consumption levels continuing to rise, we recognise the importance of providing sustainable packaging solutions which meet the wants of consumers and are good for the environment. We are pleased to have the support of our three exclusive coffee partners and to be able to source the solutions via Irish packaging companies.”

Source: SPAR Ireland


About SPAR Ireland

SPAR Ireland was established in 1963 and is operated by leading wholesale and retail company, BWG Foods. With a presence in every county across Ireland, SPAR is one of the country’s largest convenience retail groups. It operates three of the four SPAR formats: SPAR, EUROSPAR and SPAR Express, bringing consumers the most innovative products and instore offerings.