REWE Group withdraws herbicide glyphosate from its DIY stores range
Conversion in toom Baumarkt DIY stores to be completed by 30 Sept. 2015 at the latest
The 350 toom Baumarkt DIY stores of REWE Group will no longer be selling products containing glyphosate by 30 September 2015 at the latest. As of today (11 May), the stores will no longer be able to reorder products of this kind. toom Baumarkt DIY stores had already started the conversion of their range at the end of 2013 and withdrew about 60 per cent of the products containing glyphosate from sale. As an alternative, toom Baumarkt DIY stores offer their customers more ecologically friendly products. With this step, toom Baumarkt DIY stores pre-empt the upcoming decision on the extension of the EU approval for glyphosate.
"For us as a responsibly acting company, it is important to regularly review our range and seek economically friendly alternatives for the protection of nature and the environment. toom Baumarkt DIY stores are constantly working on the further development of a more sustainable product portfolio", explains Dominique Rotondi, Head of Purchase of toom Baumarkt.
In the toom Baumarkt DIY stores and the associated garden centers, customers are offereda number of possibilities to keep insect pests, fungal infestation and plant diseases under control without the use of chemicals. Interested customers can obtain comprehensive advice from the qualified personnel and access further information on alternative pest management solutions on the Internet at: http://www.toom-baumarkt.de/ueber-toom-baumarkt/nachhaltigkeit/gruene-produkte.
The cooperatively organised REWE Group is one of the leading trade and tourism groups in Germany and Europe. In 2014, the company generated a total external turnover of around 51 billion euros. Founded in 1927, REWE Group operates 15,000 stores with 330,000 employees in 12 European countries. In 2014, around 228,000 employees generated turnover totalling 37 billion euros in approximately 10,000 stores in Germany.
The sales lines include REWE, REWE CENTER, REWE CITY and BILLA supermarkets and consumer stores, the discounter PENNY as well toom Baumarkt and B1 Discount Baumarkt DIY stores. There are also the organic supermarkets (TEMMA), innovative convenience
stores (REWE To Go), the gastronomic concept "Oh Angie!" and e-commerce activities (REWE online with pickup and delivery service). Travel and tourism under the umbrella of DER Touristik includes the tour operators ITS, Jahn Reisen and Travelix as well as Dertour, Meier's Weltreisen and ADAC Reisen and the business travel division FCm Travel Solutions and more than 2,100 travel agencies (e.g. DER Reisebüro, DERPART), the hotel chains lti hotels, Club Calimera and PrimaSol Hotels and the direct tour operator clevertours.com.