The Drinks Business Green Awards 2019 winners

Green Retailer of the Year – Marks & Spencer 

The judges were impressed by the results M&S has achieved  through its ‘Plan A’ project. Launched in 2007, this year the firm’s net emissions were 158,000 tonnes of CO2 – a reduction of 75% from the time the programme began – putting it on track to achieve its goal of an 80% reduction by 2030. In the wine department, M&S has cut its carbon footprint by shipping more of its entry-level wines in bulk and light-weighting bottles.

In particular, by working together with Italian glass companies, it has managed to create a lighter weight but still safe bottle for Prosecco, which has been used for its Conti Priuli Prosecco, shaving 100g off each bottle and reducing its carbon footprint by 1.2 million kilograms of CO2 a year. Another key Prosecco brand was moved over to these new bottles in December 2019.

M&S is also moving to make all its packaging ‘widely recycled’ by 2022, and in the last year has removed 1,000 tonnes of single use plastic packaging with plans to remove another 1,000 in the coming year. A further 1,700 tonnes of black plastic have been removed and none will be used by the end of 2020.

Commendation – Honest Grapes

Clear goals, a drastic reduction (98%) in plastic use, increasing its range with wines from sustainable producers and direct sourcing were all strong positives that the judges picked out in Honest Grapes’ pitch. The company is aiming to be 100% plastic free by April 2020, any new growers added to the portfolio will have to be sustainable and it is endeavouring to provide feedback to its producers about its initiatives as it already does for its customers.


Honest Grapes

Marks & Spencer

Lightweight Containers

One Response to “The Drinks Business Green Awards 2019 winners”

  1. Soledad says:

    HII! Iwould like to know , how to apply for the green awards since we are the top organic producer in Argentina.
    We are Santa Julia Winery.

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