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July 14, 2021

Planet-Score eco-label for food products put forward in France

The proposed label has been put up for the French government’s consideration by NGOs and organic-food organisations.

By Dean Best

Another eco-label for food products has been devised in Europe, with NGOs and organic-food organisations in France giving their backing to the Planet-Score labelling system.

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The proposed Planet-Score label, which has been created in France and put forward for government consideration, follows the test launch of Eco-score and the imminent trial of the Foundation Earth label in the UK.

Belgian food retailer Colruyt and German discounter Lidl are testing the Eco-score label, while later this year, another label, Foundation Earth, will be trialled by businesses including private-label supplier Greencore, UK meat-free firm The Meatless Farm and retailer Marks and Spencer.

The launch of Planet-Score follows a call by the French government last year for voluntary labelling systems to provide consumers information on the environmental impact of products by the end of 2021.

France’s Institute of Organic Agriculture and Food (ITAB) announced the creation of Planet-Score, describing the label as “a formidable lever to train the whole of the ecosystem – producers/farmers, processors and retailers – towards more virtuous approaches”.

Underpinning the label is a life-cycle analysis ITAB says allows for the environmental impacts of different foods to be measured and displayed through the label. The institute also said the system allows for differences to be made between products in the same category of foods.

The “basic foundation” of the LCA is “supplemented” by indicators of a product’s impact from pesticide use, on biodiversity, on the climate and on animal welfare.

According to ITAB, a survey of 1,000 consumers in France showed the label’s format “met expectations” on the information they wanted to see on this type of label and would be “far superior to a single environmental score”.

ITAB worked with Sayari – a French firm that develops and measures environmental metrics – and Very Good Future, an accelerator “committed to an ecological and societal transition”.

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The food and grocery sector thrived during the pandemic, largely due to the shutdown of the food service industry and the sector’s subsequent necessity, panic-induced bulk purchasing, and spending more time at home. The market has grown as a result of inflation. Consumer unwillingness to go out and socialize, and the reopening of several hospitality facilities, helped maintain the demand for groceries, particularly online, in 2021. As consumer behavior changes, we consume more food and drink at home, and inflation increases basket sizes. GlobalData predicts that the sector will continue to hold a higher share than had been predicted prior to the pandemic. This is true despite the fact that the food and grocery sector's share of overall retail will decline from its peak in 2020. This report will discuss market forecasts and key themes in the global food & grocery industry in 2022 and beyond. It covers:
  • Market drivers and inhibitors
  • Five-year forecasts and the impact of COVID-19
  • The performance of the online channel versus offline
  • Major trends in the market including rapid delivery, ambient retailing, supply chain disruption, and inflation
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