SPAR Slovenia, operated by Austria SPAR International, has revealed its plans to eliminate single-use plastic bags from its fruit and vegetable (F&V) department.  

The move has reportedly made the company the first retailer in the country to do so and is part of SPAR Slovenia’s broader commitment to sustainable operations.

The transition is set to take place this year.  

The retailer will introduce biodegradable bags and reusable mesh bags as alternatives, expected to save approximately 105 tons of plastic annually.  

SPAR Slovenia’s approach includes the introduction of a special shopping bag for the F&V section, with a pocket designed to store the aforementioned mesh bags.  

The company has more than 110 stores in Slovenia, including SPAR supermarkets and hypermarkets, as well as 13 INTERSPAR stores and four urban-style SPAR City stores. 

It also has partner franchise stores, an online store, its own bakery, and a distribution centre. 

The business has been honoured with the FDI Award Slovenia 2023, presented by the country’s Ministry of Economy, Tourism and Sport and the public agency SPIRIT.  

SPAR Slovenia CEO David Kovačič said: “Receiving the FDI Award Slovenia for the company is an exceptional recognition and confirmation of continuous efforts for quality offer, innovation and sustainable business.  

“We see this award as a confirmation of successful cooperation with the Slovenian community. It is an incentive for the further development and growth of the SPAR company in Slovenia.”