Tesco joins zero-food waste movement
The supermarket said the scheme - dubbed Community Food Connection with FareShare FoodCloud - was being launched in 15 areas across the UK this week, including Manchester, Birmingham, Southampton and Portsmouth.
It would be rolled out to Leeds, Leicester, Kent and the West Midlands in the coming months, with the company promising it would reach all large Tesco stores by the end of 2016, with all stores covered by the end of 2017.
"We believe no food that could be eaten should be wasted - that's why we have committed that no surplus food should go waste from our stores," said Tesco chief executive officer Dave Lewis.
"We know it's an issue our customers really care about, and wherever there's surplus food at Tesco stores, we're committed to donating it to local charities so we can help feed people in need.
"But we know the challenge is bigger than this and that's why we've made a farm to fork commitment to reduce food waste upstream with our suppliers and in our own operations and downstream in our customers' own homes," he added.
Tesco was also inviting other retailers to join the programme, saying that once it was fully developed, it could create an industry standard platform to reduce food waste and redistribute edible unsold food to communities. ■