In February 2019, the Hanover Co-op merchandising team was approached by Pete and Gerry’s Vice President of Marketing Paul Turbeville. “We knew we needed a solution that would work for consumers and retailers,” Turbeville said. “The Hanover Co-op team proved to be ideal partners, sharing space for focus groups, inventory control insights, and adapting their retail display space.”
Allan Reetz, Director of Public and Government Affairs for the Hanover Co-op, said being a customer-owned food store allows for such nimbleness. “We’ve been early adopters of great products for the past 83 years. Today, as a $75 million customer-owned grocery store, we’re big enough put new innovations to the test, and small enough to swiftly help forward-thinking leaders like Pete and Gerry’s.”
As one of the most widely consumed, affordable and nutrient-dense foods available, the average person in the U.S. eats approximately 279 eggs per year, or 23 cartons-worth. Just one person replacing their egg cartons with a reusable carton would save more than 1,800 cartons from entering the recycling and waste stream.
“This is a pilot program, but we are emboldened by the initial results and committed to new ways of thinking about how we deliver on our promise to be a responsible force for good,” Laflamme said.
The reusable cartons are currently sold at a retail price of $2.99. Once they’ve purchased a reusable carton, consumers may fill it up repeatedly from the Pete and Gerry’s display of loose eggs that are discounted from a standard dozen, allowing the reusable carton to pay for itself over time.