We aim to maintain the highest levels of safety for our products and improve their environmental and social footprints. To achieve this, we work to ensure our own-brand products are:
- Produced by facilities with good working conditions
- Made from commodities (such as cocoa, seafood, palm oil, soy and paper) that are sourced sustainably, according to industry accepted standards
- Clearly and accurately labeled
See what our brands have been doing recently to make our products more sustainable:
Our Albert brand committed to source 100% of its Own Brand beef and pork from its home country, the Czech Republic. Albert and its supplier partners signed a cooperation agreement to offer customers only pork and beef of Czech origin. According to recently changed laws, the products will have new packaging showing the Czech flag and the inscription “Czech food” to make it easy for customers to know what they’re buying.
WWF, one of the world's largest independent conservation organizations, gave high marks to both Ahold and Delhaize Group in the 2016 Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard, which was released on September 21 and based on 2015 data from when the companies were still separate. Each received the top score on a nine-point scale and was touted as "leading the way" on the "journey to sustainable palm oil."
The 2016 edition of the scorecard examines 137 major retailers, consumer goods manufacturers and food service providers worldwide. It measures how companies performed on basic steps such as joining the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), committing to and buying sustainable palm oil, and transparency.
Albert Heijn is offering customers a greater variety of nutritious and sustainable fish products. Fish is a healthy choice because it contains fatty acids that are good for the heart and blood vessels, and the Netherlands Nutrition Centre recommends eating it once a week. To help customers do this, Albert Heijn has added 21 new fish items to its existing range, including fish on the skin and easy-to-prepare fried plaice (European flatfish) fillet.
Albert Heijn has also improved the healthfulness of its shrimp range. Preservatives are commonly added to shrimp products to extend their shelf life. However, as they strive to offer products with the fewest number of additives as possible, the Albert Heijn team evaluated the removal of some preservatives from their shrimp products. The result has been a significant reduction in the additives to these products, which has allowed their true flavor to come through even more strongly.
Of all the seafood offered by Albert Heijn, 97% of the products are sourced sustainably. Albert Heijn is actively collaborating with fisheries in order to find a way to also catch or cultivate the remaining 3% – which consists of Dutch shrimp and crayfish - sustainably.
Food Lion and Hannaford
Our Food Lion and Hannaford brands in the U.S. are taking another step to encourage recycling and help customers reduce household waste. This summer, some of the Nature's Place own-brand products available at the two brands began displaying a label that highlights recycling instructions.
The new How2Recycle labeling started appearing on certain Nature’s Place products in July. Over 55% of the Nature's Place line now carries the How2Recycle mark. Customers can expect to see the mark on more Nature’s Place products later this year, such as cans, cartons, pouches, bags and bottles.