Interspar is the first major food retailer in Austria to offer filling stations for unpackaged and loose organic food products, such as cereals, nuts, and pulses as well as pasta, rice, and dried fruit.
A large selection of these products is part of the SPAR Natur*pur range, the largest organic brand in Austria. Products sourced from local suppliers complement the range.
How it works
At the filling stations, customers can use a free INTERSPAR paper bag or a container they bring to the store or purchase instore. The filling station is currently being tested at the Interspar Hypermarket Salzburg-Europark.
Customers can use their own containers by weighing them before filling with products.
The filling station at the Interspar Hypermarket Salzburg was produced by HL Display, a global supplier of products and solutions that create a better shopping experience.
The innovative filling station differs from traditional systems as the bins are filled from the top but emptied from the bottom, and this ‘first in- first out’ system ensures an optimal shelf life of the food products.
In January, Interspar started to trial filling stations for bio-certified laundry and dishwashing detergents in selected hypermarkets in Salzburg and Vienna. The filling stations are continuously adapted and improved according to customer needs.
Already over 40% percent of the fruit and vegetable range at SPAR and Interspar stores in Austria is unpacked. Customers can purchase reusable produce bags instore or make use of paper bags or free organic bags made from renewable raw materials.
SPAR and Interspar stores offer the largest range of beverages in reusable bottles in Austria
In March 2020, SPAR Austria started to sell SPAR Natur*pur organic farm milk in a reusable glass bottle. In April, various SPAR Own Brand beverages in an eco-friendly 1l reusable glass bottles were introduced..
To make products that are plastic-free or contain less plastic easily recognisable, many products are labelled with the logo ”Saving plastic together with SPAR”.