A Tesco Colleague, tackling food waste in our stores by collecting food for our partners Fareshare.

Food waste

At Tesco, we have no time for waste. We think it’s simply not right that good food goes to waste

Food waste

We are committed to tackling food waste. Less than 1% of food at Tesco is wasted. It might seem a small number, but when you serve 50 million shoppers a week, it’s still 46,000 tonnes a year.


So while we may be one of the most efficient retailers, we’re not happy…. and we want to do more. We want to help reduce food waste, not just at Tesco, but also on farms, in factories, and at home.

A Tesco colleague hands a Fareshare representative food that would otherwise have gone to waste

Tackling Food Waste in our operations

Our goal is that no food that’s safe for human consumption will go to waste from our UK retail operations by the end of 2017.

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A farmer inspects his perfectly imperfect crop. Taken on by Tesco to reduce food waste

Tackling Food Waste with Suppliers

We work with our farmers, growers and suppliers to reduce waste where it occurs.

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A Tesco delivery driver drops off some shopping to a mother and her baby.

Tackling food waste at home

A significant proportion of food waste occurs in the home. We’re striving to find ways to help customers reduce waste 

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UK Food Waste Data

UK Food Waste Data

As the first UK retailer to publish food waste data we’re helping to stop good food from going to waste.

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Tesco Central European Food Waste Data

Central European Food Waste Data

We are proud to be the first retailer in Central Europe to publish food waste data for our own operations.

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Targets & Actions

Targets and Actions for our Food Waste pillar

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