Tesco hailed as leading the fight to reduce food waste

Mark Little

Head of Food Waste Reduction

12 Sep 2016

The Grocer recognises Tesco as the leading retailer in the fight to reduce food waste.

It’s great that The Grocer acknowledges our efforts to reduce food waste. This is testament to the hard work of colleagues and suppliers across our business.

Earlier this year we made a commitment; ‘no edible food will go to waste in our stores by the end of 2017’. This is not something we are taking lightly. Since the start of 2016 we've been rolling out our food redistribution scheme, to our stores.

Community Food Connection enables us to give our surplus food to charities and community groups. It’s now live in over 600 stores and 2,200 charities and community groups are already taking part. This scheme has seen us donate over one million meals worth of surplus food to people in need. This is just the start - our aim is to have this scheme in all Tesco stores – large and small - by the end of next year. We are looking for organisations that could benefit from this food. If you’re interested please apply through our partner FareShare.

We’re looking at all aspects of our supply chain to reduce the loss of edible food. Our Perfectly Imperfect range is another example of how we’re finding ways to save edible food from going to waste. We are also the only retailer to publish our food waste data. This means we can see exactly where food is going to waste. We use this data to see how we can reduce this. You can see more detail on how we go about this here.

Tackling food waste is and always will be a priority for Tesco.

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