Over two-thirds of bagged salad and two-fifths of apples "wasted", says Tesco

Philip Clarke - image:HW
Philip Clarke - image:HW

In a first for a UK supermarket, Tesco has revealed the share of fresh produce and other food it sells which goes to waste, by tracking key products "from farm to fork".

It found that 68 per cent of bagged salads go to waste, and announced in response that it will end multi-buys on large bags of salad and is developing mix-and-match promotions for smaller bags.

It also found that 40 per cent of apples are wasted, with just over a quarter of that waste occurring in the home. Tesco says it is working with growers to reduce pests and disease, as well as giving customers simple tips on how to store apples for longer.

The retailer also announced that "display until" dates are being removed from fresh fruit and vegetables.

Tesco's commercial director of group food Matt Simister said: "Little changes can make a big difference, like storing fruit and veg in the right way. We're also working with our suppliers to try to cut waste at all stages of the journey from farm to fork."

The figures show that in the first six months of this year, 28,500 tonnes of food waste were generated in Tesco's stores and distribution centres.

On the same day, chief executive Philip Clarke told the Global Green Growth Forum in Denmark: "We are the world's third largest retailer, so clearly we have a responsibility to minimise the food wasted in our stores.

"However, we sit at the heart of the value chain and this gives us a crucial vantage point and a shared responsibility to act far beyond the doors of our stores."

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