Tesco unveils plans to cut food waste

Tesco has launched a new scheme to reduce food waste. It is collaborating with charity FareShare and Irish social enterprise FoodCloud to achieve this goal. An app supplied by FoodCloud will be used by Tesco’s […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Tesco has launched a new scheme to reduce food waste.

It is collaborating with charity FareShare and Irish social enterprise FoodCloud to achieve this goal.

An app supplied by FoodCloud will be used by Tesco’s managers at different stores to tell charities the amount of unsold food they have at the end of the day.

According to the company it threw away around 55,400 tonnes of food at stores and distribution centres in the UK in the past year, out of which around 30,000 tonnes could have been eaten.

The scheme is already in place at Tesco’s stores in Ireland and will now be piloted in 10 stores across the UK.

Dave Lewis, Tesco CEO said: “We don’t throw away much food in our own operations but even the 1% we do throw away amounts to 55,400 tonnes. This is potentially the biggest single step we’ve taken to cut food waste and we hope it marks the start of eliminating the need to throw away edible food in our stores.”