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Tesco wastes almost 30,000 tonnes of food!

Tesco, publishing its food waste figures for the first time, revealed the disposal of almost 30,000 tonnes of food during the first half of this year. Not something Unpackaged likes to hear about! With an estimated 40% of apples, 47% of baked goods and two-thirds of packaged salad being wasted, Tesco announced plans to prevent further food wastage.

Among several measures to be introduced, Tesco said it was ending multi-buys on large bags of salad,  using smaller cases in stores and rearranging 600 in-store bakeries to reduce the amount of bread on display. Other measures to tackle the problem would include providing simple tips to customers about storing fruit, as Tesco acknowledges that 35% of the produce wasted across the UK is done by customers. The supermarket giant said it would also share tips about how to use leftover bread, adding that it was working with grape and banana suppliers to improve delivery times and conditions. Tesco’s commercial director of food group, Matt Simister, said Tesco was working with its suppliers to try and cut waste at all stages of the journey from farm to fork. “As part of this we will also use our expertise to improve our order forecasting to our suppliers and producers, helping them to plan more effectively and reduce surplus in the supply chain.”

Whilst it is fortunate that Tesco have recognised their role in the huge amount of food wastage in the UK and have proposed measures to reduce this in the future, what do we know about its disposal of this wasted produce? Salad sold in bags for example, does this get properly disposed of by separating the salad from its packaging and being sent to food waste? We’re not so sure about that here at Unpackaged! What do you think?

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