Spanish retail co-op Eroski has expanded its own-brand Eroski Natur range of fresh food to over 500 items, with product categories including farm eggs from hens that aren’t reared in cages.
The new ranges – mostly fruit, vegetables, meat and fish – come as the co-op continues to do business with suppliers that endorse its commitment to sustainability, either through certifications or quality and geographical origin regulations.
All Eroski Natur fruit and veg come from producers that have a Global GAP or ‘Producción Integrada’ sustainability certificate. Both guarantee that the products have been cultivated in a more sustainable way that minimises environmental impact.
The co-op also offers grass-fed beef reared locally to its stores and bred using traditional methods.
Eroski Natur fish guarantees its origin from sustainable fishing grounds through the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. The blue eco-label guarantees products have been caught with responsible fishing equipment and strictly controlled labelling guarantees traceability of origin.
In addition, the co-op has increased the volume of eggs from non-caged hens in its stores under its Eroski Natur brand – and is committed to having 100% of the eggs sold in its stores from non-caged hens by 2024.
“We believe in the social and economic development of the environment, the promotion of employment and local wealth and respect for local culinary culture,” said Eroski’s director of health and sustainability Alejandro Martínez Berriocho.
“It is our goal to promote more responsible consumption through our brand of fresh Eroski Natur products.”