Reducing food waste
Analysing our own operations
The first step to long-term change is greater transparency. That is why we are publishing for the first time data on food waste within our own UK operations for a full financial year.
KPMG has independently assured our food waste data. This shows that during 2013/14, 56,580 tonnes of food were wasted in Tesco stores and distribution centres in the UK.
This represents less than 1% of the number of food products sold in our stores over this period. We have worked hard to reduce waste to this level - reducing waste makes commercial sense. The challenge now is to innovate to reduce this figure further and share best practice across all our operating markets.
We are rolling out a blueprint of best practice worldwide. This provides clear guidance on handling produce, store ordering and other waste reduction procedures.
In specific areas where the waste figures are high we have targeted action plans. For example we have re-designed our in-store bakeries so that less bread is displayed at any one time and is replenished more frequently when demand is high.