Waitrose redesigns sharing platters in anticipation of more social gatherings

WAITROSE has announced a significant reduction in the packaging of its food sharing platters.

It comes as the supermarket anticipates an increase in office working and social gatherings as pandemic restrictions continue to ease.

Waitrose said that the move will save 30 tonnes of single-use plastic and card a year, with their ten lines of sharing sandwiches, rolls and wraps now containing 65% less packaging overall.

The platters will utilise a cardboard base, which Waitrose said saves 60% of single-use plastics on sandwiches and 40% on wraps – with the boxes and film now being fully recyclable. The lines will also feature no outer case or lid, to allow for the sandwiches and wraps to be ‘ready to serve’ to ensure for easier sharing at picnics and parties.

Rebecca Neale, partner & product developer of food to go at Waitrose, said, “It was really important to relaunch our sandwich platters with less packaging as they’ve traditionally been reliant on plastic – and we want to offer a more sustainable alternative as summer approaches and we all entertain again. It’s our priority to reduce single-use plastic wherever we can as we approach our target of making all own-label packaging  widely recycled, reusable or home compostable by 2023.”