The sale of bulk products will take hold in supermarkets for a long time


By 2030, stores will have to devote at least 20% of their sales area to bulk products, as enshrined in the “climate and resilience” law under review by the National Assembly.

Consumers will find more and more products in bulk in supermarkets. This trend has been somewhat battered by the health crisis, but despite everything it is on course to gain popularity again when the epidemic is over. By 2030, 20% of the sales area should be devoted to bulk products, a quota enshrined in the “climate and resilience” law currently being examined by deputies. However, the latter have provided for criteria: thus, the measure concerns stores of more than 400 square meters and exemptions have been put in place for certain products: wine, spirits, cosmetics and perfumes will not have to be sold in bulk.

No bulk sales for wine and perfumes

The Minister for the Ecological Transition, Barbara Pompili, agreed that it was not necessary to put in difficulty a certain number of distribution networks whose nature cannot adapt to the law. Still with the aim of reducing packaging and waste, the National Assembly agreed to ban, from 2025, single-use plastic packaging (polymers or copolymers). Again, it is about promoting bulk sales. The law also contains a provision to reduce the distribution of leaflets in letter boxes, as well as that of samples (unless the consumer requests them).

Glass deposit

Another measure: the generalization of the deposit for glass packaging, for which article 12 was adopted by the deputies. In addition, by 2023, manufacturers will have to make spare parts for DIY tools, motorized gardening tools and bicycles available at least five years after the product ceases to be marketed.