Food & Drink International

Food & Drink International

James Martin-Harper |

Scayl, the precision filling and packing machines specialist, is providing Tesco with packing machines to fill plastic-free returnable and reusable containers with a range of products that are staples in our diet.

Scayl started as its sister company BRUU grew, packing by hand was becoming too time consuming, and sending their tea to third parties was too costly and meant losing touch with their products.

To be a small company providing a tailored solution to a much larger corporation is an incredible feat for us.

The National Retail Federation and IBM Institute for Business Value 2020 report found that 57% of people would change their buying habits in order to reduce the effects on the environment.

Additionally, when Oceana conducted a survey in the UK, US and Canada they found that 86% of customers are concerned about plastic pollution and 87% think that major retailers should reduce their use of plastic.

Tesco have partnered with Loop to provide a zero-waste shopping service that differs from competitors as consumers do not have to provide their own containers.

Customers pay for the product, add a QR code, then return the container to get their deposit back. The container is then cleaned, and then, using Scayl filling machines they are refilled ready for restocking in store.

Not only does that mean Scayl machines are helping to reduce plastic waste, but the machines are also able to reduce the amount of product waste by using a high degree of accuracy to correctly measure and fill the containers –without spillage.

During Tesco’s first test run with Loop which was conducted online showed a strong interest in the scheme from consumers, despite the implications of the pandemic. If this response is demonstrated again during the initial store trial, this will be an industry game-changer, and one that Scayl can’t wait to be part of.

“In 2018 the UK produced a total of 222 million tonnes of waste, this is a real and serious issue that we’re facing not just here but also globally. We are very proud and excited to be working with Tesco to help reduce the amount of waste we’re producing as a country and work towards zero-waste shopping,” said Scott Woodhead, founder of Scayl.

“Buying just three items from the Loop range removes millions of pieces of plastic waste – which is incredible.”

The trial is initially taking place in 10 stores across eastern England, and Scayl is looking forward to seeing where it can take its machines n