Food news

Together with our suppliers, we're committed to helping you understand more about where your food comes from, and what we do to ensure it is fresh, responsibly sourced and of the highest quality


Tesco and agriculture

At Tesco, we know that great quality food starts with the farmers, growers and fishermen who rear, tend to and nurture our produce.  

We want to be working with them for decades to come, so we need to ensure we have strong relationships all the way back to the farm.  Our Agriculture Team, headed up by Tom Hind, is dedicated to getting to know our farmers and growers better, so that we can understand the challenges they face and the way things can be improved for our producers and our customers.

One of the ways we are doing this is through the Tesco Sustainable Farming Groups.  Our most established group, for Dairy, has been giving farmers the confidence to invest in their businesses for over seven years.  

We want to play our part in inspiring both the next generation of farmers and a new generation of curious customers.  Through the Tesco Future Farmer Foundation we're encouraging young people to make their own start in the world of agriculture, and through our Eat Happy Project we're helping a million school children learn about food.  As a principal sponsor of Open Farm Sunday 2014 and through our stands at Agricultural Shows up and down the country, we have been talking to our customers about where their food comes from and how it is produced.  

We want to reassure our customers that they can trust our high standards of animal welfare across meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy, whether they're buying fresh, frozen, or convenience products.  We ensure these standards through our Agricultural Requirements, and through the independent auditing of these requirements in our supply base worldwide.  Skilled and experienced independent auditors completed 815 inspections across 15 countries in 2013/14, 494 of which were unannounced.  

News and results

Our latest supply chain news and authenticity test results. 

We promised to introduce a world-class traceability and DNA testing system across our food products. We said it would be one of our permanent controls to ensure the quality and safety of our food and that it would complement existing checks and tests.

We  target products which our intelligence-led horizon scanning tells us may present potential risks. That’s for authenticity, origin or natural contaminants.

The programme has become part of the way we do business, and alongside the work carried out by our Quality Team, means that Tesco products are now more rigorously tested than ever before.

All our testing is carried out by independent laboratories and in line with the standards set by the Food Standards Agency.

We have now tested 5873 products since January 2013.


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Our Promises

We’ll put in place better controls

We know that our supply chain is too complicated. So we're making it simpler and introducing world-class traceability and testing.

We’ll bring food closer to home

A commitment to source more of our meat closer to home. Where it is reasonable to do so, we will source from British farmers and producers.

We’ll build better relationships with our farmers and suppliers

Working directly with farmers and growers is key to our new approach. We will build upon our existing Farming Groups and offer contracts with a minimum period of two years to all our suppliers who want them.

We will create more transparency

We’ll give you more detailed information about our suppliers and how they work than any other retailer.