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New mushroom punnet packaging extends shelf life and reduces food waste

James Cantoni

Buying Manager
Welwyn Garden City

18 Apr 2017

Tesco is trialling innovative new packaging for our fresh mushrooms that will help keep them fresher for longer and reduce food waste.

We are always looking for new ways to reduce food waste and bring fresh British produce to our customers. So, this week we’re launching a trial of our new fully recyclable pulp punnet.

Responding to customer feedback

Our customers were influential in helping us make this change. They told us that our current plastic punnets sometimes put them off buying mushrooms. Customers said that condensation sometimes forms in the plastic punnets which in turn can lead to the mushroom quality deteriorating more quickly. So, we’ve been looking at ways to improve quality and keep our produce fresher for longer.

The new pulp punnet will hopefully extend the shelf life. This will help stores reduce waste and ultimately means that customers will be able to keep their mushrooms for longer helping to reduce food waste in the home.

Innovative packaging

Aesthetically the punnets have a more natural look and feel which we hope will address the customers concerns about the plastic punnets.

The punnets are made from fully recyclable material and allows for moisture to be absorbed, whilst still maintaining integrity. In a standard plastic punnet, moisture cannot be absorbed and sits in the bottom of the container. This exposure can lead to increased deterioration of the mushrooms by becoming discoloured and soft. These new punnets will prevent that.

No time for waste

Little changes like this are 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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