Tesco launch new packaging to reduce food waste at home

Matt Simister

Commercial Director, Fresh Food and Commodities
Welwyn Garden City, UK

27 Jun 2016

We’ve redeveloped our chicken fillet packaging to help our customers keep food fresher for longer and by doing so, assist in reducing food waste.

From Monday our 300g 2 portion chicken fillets will come in a packet that has a separate compartment for each fillet, with a tear seal between the two. This will enable our customers to ‘eat one and keep one’ which we hope will help them to reduce food waste at home.

By eating one and keeping one we are allowing our customers to retain a fully sealed pack in the fridge which keeps the product fresher. This provides an easier storage solution for people to either freeze or refrigerate the other.

The packaging has been developed in partnership with our poultry supplier Cargill and their packaging supplier Linpac and we will be looking to roll this out nationally to all stores as soon as possible.

We are the first retailer in the UK to launch this pack. We will not be charging a premium to our customers for the pack, compared to the existing packaging. Tesco will be absorbing the extra production costs because we want to help our customers reduce food waste without asking them to pay anything extra.

This change is part of our wider plan to reduce food waste at source, in store and at home. We have already made great progress and if you want to find out more about how Tesco is working to reduce the waste of surplus food, here are 11 ways in which we are helping to reduce waste.

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