Somerfield has invested £4m in a project which will see a fleet of fully modular re-usable plastic food trays introduced in its stores by summer 2003.

The new fleet includes three tray sizes and will allow for direct “one touch” replenishment of the product shelf.

The supermarket said benefits included better production for products and increased airflow serving to improve the quality and freshness of products.

Logistics director Martin Oakes said: “This is a very exciting project that will offer our customers a real point of difference in terms of product freshness and presentation.”