Sustainable products, efficient logistics –
ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg

ALDI Belgium has been represented in the home of the world’s finest chocolate since 1976. ALDI Luxembourg opened for business in 1991. Today, we focus in both countries on expanding our more sustainable product range and logistics designed to help conserve resources.

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In 2017, ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg worked together to expand their product range to include a wide selection of more sustainable items, including 40 new organic products from the standard and special-buy product range. Further, ALDI Belgium became the first Belgian retailer to sell only Fairtrade bananas to mark Fairtrade Week. The company also stepped up its efforts surrounding sustainably certified fish products and published a new edition of the National Fish Purchasing Policy in July 2017. On their journey from the supplier to the shelves, all products make a stop in our distribution centres. From there, they are distributed to our various stores. In Belgium, we are dedicated to making our logistics easier on resources. Five out of seven distribution centres have now been retrofitted with energy-efficient LED lighting, with LEDs set to become the only form of lighting at our warehouses by 2019. The new distribution centre in the Belgian town of Turnhout, which will also use the latest LED lighting technology and energy-efficient cooling technology, is an important cornerstone of these efforts. The distribution centre will meet the latest sustainable building standards and will receive BREEAM  certification in 2019.

Our highlights

Compared to the previous year, we increased the number of own-brand products with the EU organic label from 61 to 101. We also increased the number of Fairtrade products from 9 to 16 in 2017.

In 2017, we once again increased the proportion of own-brand products containing cocoa with certified sustainable cocoa. In 2016, the proportion stood at 77 per cent; in 2017, it was 98 per cent.

ALDI Belgium in profile

Regional companies
7
Stores 444
Total ALDI employees
6,587
Year of market entry
1976
Website www.aldi.be

ALDI Luxembourg in profile

Regional companies
1
Stores 15
Total ALDI employees
140
Year of market entry
1991
Website www.aldi.lu
Our national targets from the CR Programme

Field of action: supply chain responsibility

Objective Status Target date
Target value Target relevance
Conversion to certified green coffee (UTZ, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and organic) for own-brand products for defined own-brand products New 2020 50 % Belgium
Changeover of all roses to Fairtrade-certified goods New 2018 100 % Belgium
Expansion of efforts to reduce the salt and sugar content in additional own-brand products New Ongoing Expansion Belgium
Changeover of fresh and frozen fish and seafood products to certified sustainable goods New 2018 100 % Belgium

  Target achieved   Ongoing Process

Field of action: resource conservation

Objective Status Target date Target value Target relevance
Discontinuation of plastic bags New 2018 100 % Belgium
Öffnung eines neuen BREEAM-zertifizierten Zentrallagers New 2019 Opening Belgium

 Target achieved   Ongoing Process

Our projects and topics

Quality
On the case: fruit-and-vegetable judges rule on freshness
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More sustainable product range
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Attractive employer
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Packaging & cycle
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Raising consumer awareness
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Disposing with disposables
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