Booker Food Waste Data 2018/19

At Tesco, we have no time for waste. In 2018 Booker published data on food surplus and waste for the first time, and outlined our commitment to driving progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target to halve per capita global food waste by 2030. Now alongside other businesses in the Tesco Group, Booker reports on an annual basis. For 2018/19 Booker’s reporting period is 51 weeks as we align our financial years.

Highlights from 2018/19 include:

  • Booker donated 584 tonnes of food to local charities and community groups.
  • This is equivalent to over 1.3 million meals.
  • 144 Booker stores across the UK are offering surplus food to local charities and community groups.

Transparency and measurement are essential for identifying hotspots, and in tackling the causes of food waste. It helps everyone understand how much, where, and why food is being wasted.

In 2018/19 1,809,644 tonnes of food sold by Booker generated 3,451 tonnes of surplus (not sold to customers), equivalent to 0.19% of sales.

584 tonnes of surplus was redistributed through donations to charity, a 52% increase compared with last year.

In 2018/19, total food waste (food safe and not safe for human consumption sent to energy recovery) was 2,867 tonnes◊. This is equivalent to 0.16%◊ of sales and has decreased from 0.17% last year.

Initiatives that have contributed to the decrease include:

  • New reduce to clear and stock rotation processes including guidelines on how to donate products to charity.
  • A focus on preventing waste on thirty key lines including bagged salad, chicken fillets and chilled chips. This has included reduction in range, product rotation and improvements to the accuracy of ordering systems


We are proud of the work our colleagues do to reduce waste and encourage other businesses to publish detailed, third-party assured food waste data.

Find out how we calculate our food waste data here.


Independent assurance over our figures, KPMG LLP

KPMG LLP were engaged to provideindependent limited assurance over the selected food waste data highlighted on this webpage with a ◊ using the assurance standard ISAE 3000. KPMG has issued an unqualified opinion over the selected data. KPMG’s full assurance statement is available here.