Tesco calls on charities to partner in national food waste scheme

The UK's largest supermarket group has launched a nationwide scheme aimed to divert to charity thousands of tonnes of food that would otherwise go to waste.

Image: Danny Nicholson
Image: Danny Nicholson

The Community Food Connection, in partnership with charity FareShare, is being launched this month in 15 cities and regions including Manchester, Birmingham, Southampton and Portsmouth.

The retailer has said it will reach all large stores, numbering over 800, by the end of 2016, with all stores covered by the end of 2017.

The FareShare FoodCloud app allows stores to log unsold food at the end of each day, with registered charities and community groups then being notified and invited to collect a share from the store.

Tesco and FareShare are calling for 5,000 charities and community groups to join up and receive free surplus food through the scheme.

Tesco said in a statement: "Once fully developed, other retailers could adopt FareShare FoodCloud to create an industry standard platform to make a real difference to local charities and communities."

Chief executive Dave Lewis was recently appointed chair of the Champions 12.3 coalition, formed to bring political, business and social leaders together to reduce food loss and waste around the world.

He said: "We know it's an issue our customers really care about, and wherever there's surplus food at Tesco stores, we're committed to donating it to local charities so we can help feed people in need.

"But we know the challenge is bigger than this and that's why we've made a farm to fork commitment to reduce food waste upstream with our suppliers and in our own operations and downstream in our customers' own homes."

The scheme has already been piloted in 14 Tesco stores over the past six months, diverting the equivalent of 50,000 meals.

Tesco, claims to be the only UK retailer to publish data about food waste from its own operations. These show that 55,400 tonnes of food were thrown away at its stores and distribution centres in the UK last year, of which around 30,000 tonnes, equivalent to around 70 million meals, could have been eaten.

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