Tesco unveils new service to minimise food supply chain waste

Tesco has launched an online "food waste hotline" to help make it easier for suppliers and growers to pinpoint ongoing food waste hotspots, and work with the retailer in tackling them.

Image: Tesco
Image: Tesco

The service will link suppliers to Tesco's product teams, and will be accessible via the online Tesco Supplier Network.

It pointed to last summer's strawberry glut, which Tesco responded to by stocking larger punnet sizes at competitive prices, as an example of how waste can be avoided in the chain through prompt action.

Commercial director for fresh food and commodities Matt Simister said: "We are committed to reducing food waste wherever it occurs, from farm to fork, and the hotline is another little help we are making to achieve this with our suppliers.

"It helps our suppliers gain direct, easy access to our Product teams, and this will enable us to identify food waste hotspots and systemic issues and work in partnership to tackle them."

Tesco has made a commitment that no surplus food will be wasted in its UK operations by the end of this year.


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