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Delhaize Belgium launches sustainability program

Delhaize Belgium, a business unit of Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize NV, on May 27 said it is rolling out a sustainability program called Lion's Footprint.

Under the program, Delhaize plans to cut its plastic use, continue to reduce its food waste and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2021.

The company said it aims to ban single-use plastic products from all its stores by 2020 and stop using plastic bags at points of sale or for packing bulk products. The company also plans to use polyethylene terephthalate for 50% of its beverage packaging by 2025, use reusable or recyclable materials for all its packaging and reduce plastic packaging by 25% by the same year.

In addition, the food retailer said it will review and optimize its supply chain by promoting new technologies, such as using more double-deck trucks and testing electric bikes for deliveries.