Retailer Aldi is set to trial removing plastic shrink-wrap from multipacks of baked beans in a bid to reduce plastic waste.

The supermarket will remove the wrap from its four-packs of Corale Premium baked beans while still offering a multi-buy discount at the checkout, meaning customers who buy four cans of beans - priced at £0.29 each – will pay £0.96, the same price as a multi-pack, when purchased in store.

The plastic-free multi-buy offer is being trialled in 86 stores across the UK and, if successful, will be rolled out across all stores – a move that Aldi says will remove 156 tonnes of plastic per year.

Richard Gorman, plastics and packaging director at Aldi, said: “We are committed to reducing plastic and unnecessary packaging wherever possible, while still offering the highest-quality products at the lowest prices.

“This trial offers customers the best of both worlds, allowing them to benefit from multipack prices without the plastic waste.”

In July, Aldi announced new commitments to halve the volume of plastic packaging it uses by 2025. It has been estimated that this commitment will see the supermarket remove 74,000 tonnes of plastic from use over the next five years.