Tesco to work with suppliers to halve food waste by 2030

G's Fresh and Dutch-based fresh produce supplier Greenyard are among 24 Tesco suppliers that will partner the retailer in its drive to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goal on food waste by halving food waste by 2030.

Image: Ian Barbour (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Image: Ian Barbour (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Speaking in New York today at a meeting of the Champions 12.3, an industry group named after a UN Sustainable Development Target which he chairs, Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis said: "I am delighted that many of our major suppliers have taken this important step so we can work in partnership to reduce food waste."

The suppliers, who represent over £17bn worth of Tesco sales, will publish food waste data for their own operations within 12 months, and have committed to take the steps needed to reduce food waste in their supply chain as well as innovating to make it easier for consumers to reduce waste in their homes.

Food waste campaigner Tristram Stuart said: "We have been challenging Tesco and other supermarkets on transparent reporting of food waste for years now. This commitment to ensure that supply chain waste is measured and reported makes Tesco the world-leading supermarket on transparent food waste reporting."

He added: "It’s time for other businesses to follow suit, and for Tesco, along with the rest of the world’s supermarkets, to demonstrate, if they can, that their businesses are not inherently wasteful."


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