TRENTON, NJ – Giant Food, and Loop, the circular reuse platform developed by TerraCycle, have announced Giant as the service’s newest retail partner. Beginning this fall, customers in the DC-metro area will be able to purchase the products they use daily in durable, reusable containers that can be found in Loop branded displays in participating Giant stores.
“Giant is committed to taking sustainable actions that reduce plastic waste from our landfills and improve our environment,” said Diane Couchman, Vice President Category Management, Non-Perishables at Giant Food. “We are excited to partner with LOOP, a global leader in eliminating waste, to offer our customers a program that allows them to shop their favorite products and help our environment.”
Loop is the first-ever platform to partner with brands and retailers to offer consumers a way to go from single-use to reuse with their purchases. Through the platform, customers can purchase their Loop-ready products in refillable, reusable containers found in branded displays in participating Giant stores. After consumers finish the products, they return the empty containers to a Loop Return Point at Giant. From there, the containers are sent to Loop to be sanitized, then returned to brands to be refilled and returned to the store for future purchase.
“Loop’s goal has always been to grow, scale and be accessible to consumers around the world,” says Tom Szaky, Founder and CEO of TerraCycle and Loop. “With world-class retailers, like Giant, bringing Loop to their physical brick and mortar locations, we are giving consumers what they’ve been asking for since Loop was introduced in 2019 – the ability to purchase the products they use every day in durable, reusable containers, with the convenience of shopping at their local market.”
To ensure that all the reusable containers used in the Loop process maintain advanced cleaning and sanitization, Loop consults with Ecolab Inc., a global leader in cleaning and hygiene solutions and services, for on-site design and equipment, as well as the chemistry of the cleaning processes.
Loop’s movement to an in-store retail model began in Paris, France, with Carrefour in December 2020. In May 2021, Loop launched in-store at AEON in Japan and in-store at Tesco in September 2021. Most recently, Loop launched in-store at Kroger-owned Fred Meyer stores in the Portland metro area in February 2022. Additionally, Loop launched a reusable packaging partnership with McDonald’s in the United Kingdom and with Burger King and Tim Hortons in select restaurants in the U.S. and Canada, respectively. For more information on Loop, please visit www.exploreloop.com.
Loop is a global reuse platform enabled by a multi-stakeholder coalition of manufacturers, retailers, and consumers that aims to Eliminate the Idea of Waste®. Loop partners with brands and retailers to shift from a disposable to a durable supply chain, which enables consumers to shop for a wide variety of commonly used products responsibly. Loop is available in the UK, France, US, Canada, and Japan. To learn more about Loop, visit www.exploreloop.com.
About Giant Food
Since opening its first location over 85 years ago in Washington, D.C., in 1936, Giant has been an integral part of the communities and customers it serves. Giant is committed to being a Better Neighbor and has designated four main giving pillars that address local Food Insecurity, Military Support, Pediatric Cancer Research and Social Equality. Giant is headquartered in Landover, Md. and operates 164 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia with approximately 20,000 associates.
Included within the 164 stores are 152 full-service pharmacies, 83 full-service PNC Banks, and 26 Starbucks locations. Giant fits all the ways today’s busy customers want to shop – whether in-store or online. With 159 Giant Pickup locations and Giant Delivers available in all of its markets, customers have even more convenient options right at their fingertips to get the best products and prices, whenever and however they choose. For more information on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.