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The Week That Was: FMCG & Retail (10/08/18)

10th August 2018

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Read on for the latest news making waves in the world of retail this week:

Does this planet-friendly petition signal crunch time for Walkers’ packaging?

It’s crunch time for Walkers, as over 300,000 consumers have got behind a petition urging them to make their packaging recyclable. With Walkers’ crisp packets dating back to the 1980s being found on British beaches, the company – which makes 11 million packs a day – is being tasked to re-evaluate its eco promise of having 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable packaging by 2025. Will this iconic British brand step up to this consumer demand or ‘packet’ in?

Costa offers a cuppa and a chat to combat loneliness

Costa offers much more than just a flat white – the coffee chain is trying to get the UK talking in a bid to combat loneliness. With more and more people feeling isolated, Costa is taking the ‘Chatty Cafe’ initiative nationwide, with dedicated Chatter & Natter tables in 300 stores. So if you’re one of the 75% of Brits who want more real-life conversations, sit down at one of the Costa tables and get some company.

Is £169 million hiding down the backs of our sofas?

The newly minted pound coins have been in circulation since October, but there’s still almost £170m worth of old coins unaccounted for. Put your hand down the sofa and search those pockets, as whilst the coins aren’t legal tender in shops, they can still be deposited into bank and Post Office accounts.

Sweaty shopping

From next month, Debenhams shoppers can work up a sweat with its new in-store gyms. In partnership with fitness brand Sweat!, the program is elevating customers’ usual shopping experience. The more fitness fans use the gym, the more points they earn, which can be redeemed in-store.