Through large advertisements, Lidl has guaranteed not to import fruits and vegetables by plane. The online platform Infosperber asked Migros and Coop if they will now also refrain from flying in goods.
At the request of a customer, Lidl Switzerland responded with a short comment: "Although air transport is a quick and reliable way of moving products, it produces many more damaging greenhouse gases than to sea transport - an estimated 28 times more. Therefore, Lidl Switzerland, as one of the few retailers, deliberately abstains from flying in all kinds of vegetables and fruits from overseas countries throughout the year. That means our range is more locally sourced, better for the environment, while still guaranteeing a wide and ever-increasing range of fresh produce to help our customers continue a healthy and balanced lifestyle," the statement said.
Infosperber wanted to find out from Migros and Coop why they continue to import goods by plane. According to Migros spokeswoman Alexandra Kunz, "less than one percent of all fruits and vegetables is flown in". Mangoes, for example, were mostly shipped to Switzerland by boat, but some also arrived by plane (the "Séléction" label). "We deliberately leave it up to our customers to decide whether or not to buy air-shipped goods."
Coop spokeswoman Andrea Bergmann did not want to reveal how many fruits and vegetables Coop imports by air. "We transport our products from overseas by sea whenever possible. Where air transport can not be avoided, we have indicated this on our products with our 'By-Air logo' since 2007."