Working with Suppliers

We are committed to partnering with our suppliers to halve food waste in our supply chains by 2030 and encourage them to publicly disclose their levels of waste, knowing that what gets measured, gets managed.

In September 2017 we announced a joint commitment with 27 of our Tesco Product Partners to adopt Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3, publish food waste data in supplier operations within 12 months, and act in partnership to reduce food waste from farm to fork.

Today, 71 global suppliers, responsible for over half of fresh food sales in the UK and a third of fresh food sales in Ireland, have joined our calls to publish their food waste data. Our first suppliers in Central Europe have also reported their food waste this year. Of those with comparable year-on-year data, 65% (24) have reported reductions ranging from 2% to 89%.

Beyond reporting, we’re also working together to tackle food waste. Our actions include:

  • Broadening specifications - In 2016 we launched our Perfectly Imperfect range of ‘wonky’ fruit and vegetables, which allows us to take much more of our supplier’s crop, maximise the amount of produce we can sell in store, and give our customers great products at low prices.
  • Managing bumper crops - working in partnership with suppliers to ensure bumper crop is offered to customers at great value rather than being wasted on farms.
  • Unwashed potatoes – in partnership with Branston, one of the UK’s biggest potato suppliers, trialling the sale of unwashed potatoes and potentially doubling their shelf-life and reducing food waste.
  • Improving food processing - By connecting our growers with suppliers of fresh and frozen foods, we can help provide a stable demand for produce that falls outside of our specifications.
  • Helping our suppliers redistribute to charity - We introduced our top suppliers to our charity partner FareShare. They work to redistribute edible food to people that need it most. Many of these suppliers are now donating their surplus food directly to communities where they operate.
  • Using our experience with Community Food Connection in our supply chains – We are now working in partnership with our global produce supplier Flamingo to turn surplus food from packhouses into soup which is distributed free of charge to schools in Kenya.

To view the detail of each of our suppliers’ food waste data, please see the documents below.

We are also proud to announce that for the second year running, 11 of our largest branded suppliers have published their food waste data. General Mills, Kellogg, Mars and Princes all published data for their global operations and two more suppliers have committed to extend the scope of their reporting to cover their global operations.

To view the detail of each of our largest branded suppliers, please see the documents below.

 

In September 2019, 12 of our ROI suppliers that represent over 30% of fresh food sales also adopted Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 and committed to measure and report on their food waste data on an annual basis. They have now published their food waste data for their own operations for the first time.

To view the detail of each of our ROI suppliers, please see the documents below.

 

In Central Europe, 5 suppliers also joined the commitment to halve their food waste by 2030 and for the first time have published their food waste data, one for their on-farm operations.

To view the detail of each of our CE suppliers, please see the documents below.

 

15 of our global growers in Europe, the Americas and Africa also committed to reduce food waste and have published their food waste data for their packhouses for the first time in 2019/20. Next year, these growers have committed to extend the scope of their reporting to include their on-farm operations.

To view the detail of each of our global growers, please see the documents below.