Tesco has confirmed that no food that can be eaten will go to waste from their stores.
The supermarket chain recently announced the groundbreaking nationwide scheme of Community Food Connection with FareShare FoodCloud, who will redirect millions of meals of Tesco surplus to charity by the end of 2017.
Tesco has said that it aims to reach all large Tesco stores, which is over 800, by the end of 2016, they also aim to reach all stores by 2017. The scheme will be launched in 15 regions across the UK including Manchester, Birmingham and Southampton.
On 11 March Tesco CEO Dave Lewis announced the rollout, which was derived from an initiative designed to dramatically reduce the amount of food that goes to waste. The move follows Tesco’s farm to fork commitment, in which they aim to tackle food waste from its suppliers, through its stores and in to it’s customers homes.
Tesco also believe that once fully developed other retailers could adopt FareShare FoodCloud to create an industry standard platform, in order to make a real difference to local charities and communities.
Tesco maintain that food waste is a pressing global issue and has taken action to address it. The government, businesses, international organisations and research institutions have recently appointed CEO Dave Lewis as chair of a coalition of leaders called Champions 12.3.
Dave Lewis has stated, “We believe that no food that could be eaten should be wasted – that’s why we have committed that no surplus food should go to waste from our stores. We know it’s an issue our customers really care about, and wherever there’s surplus food at Tesco stores, were committed to donating it to local charities so we can help feed people in need”.
Mr. Lewis also added “The scheme has already been piloted in fourteen Tesco stores over the past six months and has generated over 22 tonnes of food – the equivalent to 50,000 meals. Tesco and FareShare are calling out for 5,000 charities and community groups to join up and receive surplus food through the scheme, as part of a huge nationwide charity recruitment drive”.
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