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Bumper tomato crop saved from food waste

Long-standing supplier David Currid, Grantstown Nursery, Co. Waterford working with Tesco Ireland leads to food waste reduction and bonus tomatoes for customers

The recent spell of good weather across Ireland has led to a bumper crop of San Marzano tomatoes becoming ripe for Tesco supplier, David Currid, Co. Waterford. Working with Tesco Ireland, the Currid family of Granstown Nursery, Co. Waterford, brought the extra crop to the table to avoid crop waste due to over-supply. Grown exclusively for Tesco Ireland by the Currid family, the San Marzano tomato is a variant of the plum tomato family but is thinner and longer in shape. With a stronger flesh the San Marzano tomato has a stronger and sweeter taste making them ideal for the summer salad season.

Commenting on the flush crop, Gerard Murphy, fresh buyer, Tesco Ireland, 

“Working with David in recent weeks we’ve helped to prevent half a tonne of perfect quality tomatoes from certain waste.

Our customers will now benefit from the bumper pack of summer ripened tomatoes and our long-standing supplier is able to shift this bumper yield. We’re committed to cultivating our relationships with our suppliers to avoid good quality, edible food from going to waste”. 

Over the course of the next week to ten days, Tesco Ireland customers will benefit from an extra 33% fill of their regular finest* San Marzano pack of juicy tomatoes at no extra cost. 

About Food Waste at Tesco Ireland

Tesco Ireland’s surplus food donations programme donates up to 40,000 meals a week nationwide, helping a wide variety of local causes including local community centres, breakfast clubs and women’s refuges. As the first retailer to partner with FoodCloud back in 2014, Tesco Ireland’s surplus food donations programme has redistributed over 4 million meals to over 250 charities and support groups.