Aldi Enters Strategic Sustainability Partnership With Interseroh +; Kashif Ansari and Alexander Markov Comment
GERMANY - As sustainability takes the forefront of many retail and supply-side strategies, Aldi North and Aldi SÜD, which are both part of a circular economy, have announced a new partnership with Interseroh + GmbH beginning January 2022. With this new alliance formed, the retailer will be more actively participating in the recycling of materials and in the dual systems business in Germany.
“This is a strategically important step for us,” explained Kashif Ansari, Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) at ALDI North. “With Interseroh + we have found a strong partner in the licensing business and material flow management. Access to secondary raw materials opens up new business areas for us and gives us independence.”
Through this new partnership, the relationship between retailers, recyclers, and manufacturers of packaging and products will be intensified. According to a release from Aldi, at the start of 2022, the packaging of Aldi Nord and Aldi SÜD brands will be incorporated into the Interseroh + dual system as the first step.
“With this strategic partnership, we want to meet our product responsibility and ensure a real circular economy in the future. Interseroh + can fall back on a lot of experience in the licensing business and offers a new concept for securing secondary raw material requirements and for closing cycles. This combination of experience and innovation convinced us,” said Alexander Markov, Managing Director, Logistics and Services at ALDI SÜD.
As this partnership continues, Aldi and Interseroh+ plan to address other topics, such as packaging innovations. Aldi has also expressed interest in further cooperation in this area, especially as packaging is an important part of sustainability.
Aldi North and Aldi SÜD began their joint packaging mission in the summer of 2018. As part of their strategy, both entities want to make all private label packaging recyclable by the end of 2022. In addition, the companies want to reduce the packaging weight of their own brands by 30 percent by the end of 2025, as well as have 30 percent recycled materials go into their plastic packaging within the same timeframe.
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