Asda launches first refill store in Scotland

Asda has introduced its first refill store in Scotland featuring a range of branded and own-brand products sold in loose format.

The supermarket giant has partnered with a host of the UK’s most popular household brands – including Kellogg’s, Napolina, Yorkshire Tea and Unilever – to introduce more than 60 products sold loose and unpackaged within specific aisles of its Toryglen store.

Customers visiting the store can use their own containers to buy unpackaged products such as pasta, rice, tea, coffee and cereals or alternatively buy a reusable container in store and use this. All unpackaged products will be the same price or cheaper than their packaged equivalents.

Susan Thomas, Director of Commercial Sustainability at Asda, said: “We have chosen Scotland as the location for our second refill store because it is an important market for Asda and a place where we regularly receive constructive feedback from our customers. This feedback is very important to us as we refine our refill offering in stores and work towards a goal of making refill and reuse part of every shopping trip.

“With COP26 coming to Glasgow, there has certainly been an increase in interest in environmental issues across the country, so to see refill land in the host city and with such engaged customers is a really important moment for us.”

The launch of the Toryglen refill store is part of Asda’s strategy to remove 3 billion pieces of single use plastic from its business by 2025. The supermarket recently announced it was also rolling out its refill proposition to Milton Keynes and York stores by the end of the year. Asda has 61 stores in Scotland and 631 across the UK.