sustainability

Suntory Beverage & Food GB&I (SBF GB&I) worked with Amit Patel, of Premier Sandiacre in Derbyshire to help him improve the sustainability of his store.

Over the course of a year, we made changes that helped Amit save more than £600 – savings that, if carried forward across the channel, could save convenience stores more than £16m a year.

Key to the changes we made was that being more sustainable isn’t always about investing many thousands of pounds – small changes can make a big difference, and progression, not perfection, should be the aim of every business starting their sustainability journey.

Amit told his story to a group of convenience retailers at an event in London in August 2021 in association with betterRetailing’s publisher, Newtrade Media, and revealed how he had already saved more than £600 a year thanks to the changes he made.

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With energy costs rising rapidly, the need to save money wherever possible has never been greater. Cutting energy bills is necessary for cashflow as well as the environment.

We asked those retailers who heard Amit speak to make their own pledges. First up, we spoke with Aman Uppal, from One Stop Mount Nod in Coventry.

He said: “One big thing we have been at is refrigeration. We worked out that less than 20% of our alcohol sales happen before 2pm and most of our sales are from 5pm onwards.

“So we’re not turning on the fridge until 2pm now, for a temporary period, to assess sales. There have been no complaints from customers, there hasn’t been a dip in sales, and it’s massively reducing the amount of energy we use. So, it’s good from a sustainability point of view and also our own costs.”

You can see Aman’s pledge here:

However small, we want to hear how you are starting your sustainability journey. Share your ideas with us via @SuntoryBF_GBI on Twitter, and together we can help the channel grow for good.