Animal Welfare Commitment
Nesters Market is proud of our commitment to work collaboratively with suppliers, producers and industry to ensure the animal products we purchase meet stringent food safety standards and are raised in a sustainable and humane manner. This includes a commitment to pursuing the objective of purchasing only cage-free shell eggs by the end of 2025.
Sustainable Seafood Commitment
Nesters Market has undertaken a long-term and constantly evolving approach to ensuring our Seafood Departments promote and carry the most sustainable and ocean-friendly options available.
Starting in 2013, Nesters Market partnered with SeaChoice, an organization which helped Canadian businesses and shoppers take an active role in supporting sustainable fisheries and aquaculture at all levels of the seafood supply chain. Together, the two organizations developed a robust sustainable seafood commitment based on the Conservation Alliance's Common Vision for Sustainable Seafood. In November 2015, just two short years after publicly announcing that we would replace all red-listed SeaChoice "Avoid" seafood from our fresh and frozen departments with ocean-friendly alternatives, Nesters Market celebrated successfully achieving that robust seafood commitment months before its projected deadline, becoming the first retailer in North America to do so. Since 2018, Nesters Market has continued to work with SeaChoice, now as part of their Seafood Progress Initiative. You can find out more at seachoice.org.
Nesters Market currently uses the Seafood Watch Organization's seafood guide rankings and continues our commitment to not sell any product in our Seafood Department that is "Red-Listed" by this organization. For further information please see seafoodwatch.org.
Other Sustainability Initiatives
Nesters Market takes a holistic approach to sustainability. We build our stores for optimal use of refrigeration and lighting systems that are best for the environment.
In many of our stores – and in all of our new builds over the past several years – we have incorporated systems for recovering the heat generated by our refrigeration to use in heating water for use within the store, and where applicable – residential components of the building.
We have also developed a system for capturing the “cold spill” from refrigerated display cases and recycling it for cooling the store in warmer months.
Wherever possible, Nesters Market diverts organic compost from its distribution centers to a facility where it is transformed into animal feed or compost to grow crops.
In July 2015, we commenced diverting organic waste from our retail stores in Metro Vancouver to the same facility and in the latter half of the year, diverted a further 263 metric tonnes from landfills.
In our stores, close/outdated food products are removed from the store on a regular basis and, wherever possible and appropriate, donated to non- profit organizations that distribute the product to the less fortunate.
When we can’t do that, we do our best to ensure that these products end up either with a local farmer for animal feed or, where this is not possible, arrange disposal through an organic waste processor.
In addition, we divert cardboard, paper and plastic waste to recycling centers.
As part of our commitment to reducing, re-using and recycling, we recycled over 1,000 metric tonnes of cardboard, plastics, organics, and; loose paper in a given year.