PRODUCT - FOOD WASTE
We are committed to tackling food waste. Not more than 1.2% of food at Tesco in Central Europe is wasted. It might seem a small number, but when you serve millions of shoppers a week, it’s still 38,000 tonnes a year.
Measure, Target, Act
Tesco is the only retailer in Central Europe that measures and publishes own food waste data. In 2018, our total food waste reduced to 38,054 tonnes compared to 54,102 tonnes in 2016/17. In Hungary we were able to reduce food waste by 35%, from 14,991 tonnes to 9,764 tonnes. Learn more on measuring food waste and donations here.
In 2017/18 we donated 10,639 tonnes of food to more than 1,100 food bank partners, an increase of over 100% in the last year. It is an equivalent of 25 million meals.
Working with supplier partners
Our “Perfectly Imperfect” range helps to reduce farm food waste, by encouraging shoppers to choose less regular products, with lower prices and keeping the same high quality standards. We offer apples, carrots and potatoes as permanent range and cucumber, pear, lime, sweet potato as seasonal products.
We are committed to all stores offering unsold food surplus donations by 2020. We know that food banks’ capacity is one of the barriers of the further development of the programme, and we will trial Food Cloud app as a route to allowing more groups to collect from stores.