Tesco has said that it will end multi-buy deals on its fresh salads in a bid to help cut food waste after it revealed that 68 percent all salad grown for bagged salads ends up wasted.
Tesco is the first major UK supermarket to publish its own total food waste figures, after it tracked 25 bestselling products to understand levels of food waste and where it occurs from farm to fork.
It has unveiled new food waste figures for its operations and supply chain, alongside figures that show 68 percent of bagged salad is wasted and 35 percent of this waste occurs in the home.
Matt Simister, Tesco’s commercial director of group food – “Ending multi-buy promotions on large packs of bagged salads is one way we can help, but this is just the start and we’ll be reviewing what else we can do”
As a first step in reducing this waste, Tesco said it will end multi-buys on large bags of salad and is developing mix-and-match promotions for smaller bags in a bid to help customers reduce the amount they are wasting at home.
Matt Simister, Tesco’s commercial director of group food, said there was “no quick-fix single solution” to tackling food waste.
“Families are wasting an estimated £700 a year and we want to help them keep that money in their pockets, rather than throwing it in the bin,” he said.
“We’re playing our part too and making changes to our processes and in store.
“Ending multi-buy promotions on large packs of bagged salads is one way we can help, but this is just the start and we’ll be reviewing what else we can do.”
He said Tesco was working with its suppliers to try to cut waste at all stages of the journey from farm to fork.
Richard Swannell, director of Wrap, said: “We welcome Tesco’s approach to tackling food waste across their whole supply chain, and by identifying the hot spots they can tackle these areas effectively.
“Food waste is a global issue and collaborative action is essential if we are to successfully reduce food waste and reap the financial and environmental benefits of doing so.”
The Tesco figures also revealed:
- 40 percent of apples are wasted, with just over a quarter of that waste occurring in the home. Tesco is involved in trials with growers to reduce pests and disease, as well as giving customers simple tips on how to store apples to help them last longer
- just under half of bakery items are wasted. Tesco has changed how bakeries are run in over 600 stores to minimise waste and is sharing tips with customers about how to use leftover bread
- a quarter of grapes are wasted between the vine and the fruit bowl, with the majority of that waste happening in the home. Tesco is working with producers to trial new varieties of grapes that have a longer life. It is also working directly with suppliers to shorten the time it takes food to get from the field to the store
- a fifth of all bananas are wasted and one in ten bananas bought by customers end up in the bin. Tesco has introduced a new state-of-the-art temperature control system to ensure bananas last longer in transportation and “Love Banana” training for colleagues in store to show customers how to make them last longer.