Tesco reduces food waste by 17 per cent

Tesco UKSupermarket giant Tesco has reduced its food waste by 17 per cent and distributed about 63 per cent of food waste to charities, community groups, colleagues and animal feed.

The retailer published its annual food waste data this week and called for more businesses to do the same.

“Reducing food waste is a global challenge: one in nine people are going hungry whilst a third of the world’s food is wasted. This food waste has a huge environmental impact, creating unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions. In 2013, Tesco set out to lead on reducing food waste globally and has committed to the Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3, to halve global food waste by 2030,” Tesco CEO and chairman of Champions 12.3, Dave Lewis said.

“Publicly reporting food data is crucial to delivering on this ambition. Our food data shows we’re making progress in reducing food waste in our business. We set a challenging target that no food safe for human consumption would go to waste in our UK operations and we are now 81% of the way there. We call on other businesses to also report their food waste data; this is the only way that we’ll know whether the UK and the world is on course to reach SDG Target 12.3.”

The grocery is now 81 per cent of the way toward its target that no food safe for human consumption goes to waste. The amount of food going to waste in Tesco’s UK operations fell by 17 per cent to 44,297 tonnes compared to 2018.

Tesco was the first UK retailer to publish its own operations data in 2013. The grocery works with organisation FareShare to donate surplus food to those in need and launched ‘Colleague Shops’ where workers can take home surplus food.

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