Ocado boosts sustainability credentials with key refresh of own-range products

Ocado.com has just launched a major refresh of its own-range products, part of the company’s wider rebrand from green ‘apple’ to purple ‘grape’.

The newly refreshed range includes new products, enhanced sustainability credentials, including 27 tonnes less plastic and the removal of 9 million non-essential packaging components, based on sales in 2020, as well as new bright, contemporary artwork.

The range has a new look and feel but continues to deliver the same top-rated quality and great prices that Ocado customers have come to expect.

Standout range
Ocado’s much-loved own-range comprises over 530 products at competitive prices, including kitchen-classics such as coffee, berries, salad and tinned goods, many of which have accumulated consistent 5-star customer reviews.

There are brand new additions to the range, such as Moroccan Inspired Houmous, Cheese & Chive Dip and Chimichurri British Flat Iron Steak. Fairly priced, the new products bolster Ocado’s famously wide range of over 49,000 products. There will also be new items revealed gradually as part of seasonal offerings throughout the year.

The bold new packaging design has been created in collaboration with design-led creative company, Jones Knowles Ritchie (JKR). Being an online retailer with a digital-first approach, it is important for Ocado that products look great on screens of all sizes, as well as at home in cupboards and fridges.

To make the products stand out, the new packaging features bright, vibrant colours and product-inspired artwork.

UK’s most sustainable grocer - always improving packaging
As the UK’s most sustainable grocer, improving the green credentials of the own-range packaging was a high priority for Ocado.

Across the range, 27 tonnes less plastic packaging has been used, 640,000 plastic nets have been taken away and at least 9 million non-essential packaging components have been removed.

As part of these efforts, the new packaging includes a number of modifications. For example, instead of an adhesive label on Ocado own-range egg boxes, the new design has product information printed directly onto the box, which has in itself saved 10 tonnes of paper per year, and the colour has changed from green to white - both changes making it easier to recycle.

Ocado recognises the importance of ensuring that its impact on people, animals and the environment is positive and sustainable in the long term - this has been front of mind during the development of the refreshed range.

Ocado’s long-standing commitment to high standards of animal welfare has been upheld, ensuring that all milk, poultry and UK-sourced red meat are from suppliers that adhere to the Red Tractor Standards. In addition, all own-range eggs are free-range and all fish is sustainably and responsibly sourced.

Ocado is a founding member of the UK Plastics Pact - a group of businesses working together to create a circular economy for plastics to keep them out of the natural environment. As part of this, PVC, polystyrene and black plastics have been eliminated from all own-range packaging and it is Ocado’s intention for all items to be 100% recyclable and made from at least 30% recycled materials by 2025.

Own-range & wider rebrand
Since Ocado began in 2000, a lot has changed with the rise of digital and the company recognises the importance of making the brand stand out on all digital platforms, not just desktop. As part of the wider rebrand, Ocado has refreshed its font and swirl logo - making them more distinctive when viewed in a small size, on a phone screen for example.

Rachel Cox Reynolds, head of own-range and technical compliance, said, “We have been busy working on a new look and feel to the Ocado own-range for some time now and are delighted to be able to share the final results. Each and every one of our own-range items has received a fresh makeover featuring brighter colours and bolder patterns, just in time for the Spring.

“These products, with their updated imagery, continue to demonstrate the great quality that Ocado customers have come to expect, whilst also offering superb value for money for our customers.”

Laura Harricks, chief customer officer at Ocado Retai,l said, “It's so important to us that we are able to delight customers through our range, value and convenience but we also recognise the importance of ensuring that our impact on people, animals and the environment is positive and sustainable in the long term.

“We’re delighted that the refreshed collection has given us the opportunity to improve the sustainability-credentials of our own-range packaging whilst maintaining high quality and great prices. We are proud of the steps forward we’ve made here - the bright, bold packaging is just the icing on the cake.”