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Suppliers meet with Tesco food waste partner FareShare

Emily Davies

Supplier Engagement Manager
Welwyn Garden City

18 May 2017

Tesco introduce suppliers to food waste charity FareShare to show them how they can help reduce waste in their supply chains.

We brought some of our suppliers together to meet with our charity food waste partner FareShare to show how food can be saved from going to waste from farm to fork.

Suppliers who produce meat, bakery, chilled products as well as fruit and vegetables were introduced to FareShare and heard about their work in food surplus redistribution. We wanted our suppliers to learn about ways to reduce food waste such as the projects supported by FareShare.

As a way of sharing best practice on reducing food waste, the visit was organised by the Tesco Supplier Network - an online community for Tesco suppliers and colleagues.

They visited a FareShare depot in Bristol to see how the surplus food is sorted and sent to charities. We also managed to show them how the food is used. We visited The Wild Goose who are a charity partner and provide meals, using surplus food, to those in extreme poverty and need.

“It was a great day - very humbling to visit a charity and see the great work they are doing. These events are great to network and hopefully inspire others to get involved” - Eva Wheeler, Head of Technical, Allied Bakeries.

FareShare and Community Food Connection

We work with FareShare to donate surplus food from our stores and distribution centres. Through Community Food Connection, Tesco colleagues can inform local charities how much surplus food they have by using the FareShare FoodCloud app. The charity picks it up free of charge and turns it into meals for those in need.

Through Community Food Connection we have donated over six million meals to over 3,500 charities and organisations.

No time for waste

This is part of our ongoing work to tackle food waste wherever it occurs – from farm to fork. Tesco believes that no food that could be eaten should be wasted. That’s why we’ve committed that no food that is safe for human consumption will go to waste from Tesco UK Retail operations by the end of 2017.

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