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Building sustainable grocery departments

Retail foodservice’s star has shone brightly for grocers in 2022, with on-the-go consumers hungry for easy meal solutions that promise fresh—even craveable—tastes at price points lower than a restaurant meal. Some 90% of food industry executives surveyed by FMI – The Food Industry Association and Deloitte identified fresh meal solutions as an important growth segment for their companies this year. But that growth brings with it questions about the environmental impact of all of those single-serve, separately packaged and bagged-together prepared offerings and the energy resources needed to hold them at the right temperature in refrigerated cases. WGB takes a look at what a range of grocery retailers, from independents to the biggest names in the business—are doing to keep sustainability in focus in retail foodservice.

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