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Aldi Sets Sustainability Goals With Consumers Calling for Less Waste

  • Grocery chain aims to reduce packaging materials 15% by 2025
  • CEO says company plans to open 130 new U.S. stores this year
Shoppers walk through the fresh produce department at an Aldi food market in Chicago.
Shoppers walk through the fresh produce department at an Aldi food market in Chicago.Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Aldi is the latest supermarket chain to announce a sustainability push -- an effort the company says will help it trim costs and stand out in a crowded field.

The low-cost grocer, known for its spartan approach to retailing, plans to make all of its private-label packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, while cutting packing materials for those products by 15 percent over the same period.