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Tesco and Kenyan growers will save 135 tonnes of food waste

Staff writer |
A new partnership between Tesco and Kenyan produce growers will save 135 tonnes of edible fine bean crop from going to waste each year with Tesco shoppers set to benefit from a fresher product.

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Until recently, growers were required to deliver fine beans within a specific size range and to trim them before being packed and shipped to the UK.

This move was originally made as a convenience measure to help customers, but after listening to them Tesco found they'd prefer the beans uncut.

So as part of an ongoing review of its food sourcing policy, Tesco has widened the length specifications and stopped the trimming procedure, resulting in the huge waste saving.

The new length specifications will also mean customers will be able to benefit from a fresher, uncut product, meaning less food waste in the home.

The opportunity to provide customers with a fresher, uncut product was identified by Tesco’s ‘Agricultural Hubs’ and the supermarket’s suppliers, Flamingo Produce.

The ‘Agricultural Hubs’, have been set up by Tesco in different parts of the world including Spain, France, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica and South Africa. They are staffed by trained agronomists and act as Tesco’s eyes and ears on the ground, providing insight on levels and causes of farm waste.

As a result of the new measures being adopted, 15 per cent of the bean will no longer go to waste.

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