Tesco Thailand working in partnership to create healthier recipes
14 March 2019
At Tesco we are supporting colleagues and customers to live healthier lives by making healthier choices more accessible and enjoyable.
In February, Tesco Lotus in Thailand announced a partnership with Kasetsart University and the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI) to co-develop healthier recipes. This is part of our work to cater to the growing ‘personalised food’ trend, where customers are increasingly buying food for specific health and dietary requirements.
Through the partnership, Tesco Lotus will contribute knowledge and expertise in retail, while a team of 40 researchers will use the latest food processing technologies and innovative raw materials to create healthier options. The first product to be launched will be gluten-free crispy waffles made from rice and cassava flour, instead of wheat flour.
In addition to the health and nutrition aspects, the research also supports our commitment to sustainable and ethical sourcing. By substituting certain ingredients with crops that are available in abundance in Thailand such as rice and cassava, we add value to these economic crops and support local farmers in our direct sourcing programme to have a secure and sustainable income.
David Beardmore, Category Director – Impulse, Tesco Lotus, said:
“This partnership showcases a tangible success, with all three partners combining their strengths to pioneer healthier food options for consumers in Thailand and help to support local growers and manufacturers."
For more information on our work on providing healthy and affordable products, please click here.