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Leading Irish fresh food suppliers partner with Tesco to tackle Food Waste from Farm to Fork

Leading Irish fresh food suppliers partner with Tesco to tackle Food Waste from Farm to Fork

Food suppliers across Ireland to publish food waste data within 12 months 

Twelve of Ireland’s largest fresh food suppliers have committed to tackle food waste as part of a Global movement aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, to help halve food waste, from farm to fork, by 2030.

Led by Tesco Ireland, these Irish food suppliers including Aryzta, Country Crest, Keelings, Total Produce, and Manor Farm have committed to publicly target, measure and act to tackle the issue of food waste at their manufacturing sites and to working collaboratively to adopt the UN’s goal. Key to this will be to measure and publicly publish details of their food waste for the first time in 2020.

At a global level, they will join other Irish Tesco own-label suppliers who previously signed up to this commitment with Tesco group including: Hilton (UK&ROI), Kepak, Kerry, Greencore and Ornua. Globally, Unilever UK & ROI has also become one of eleven branded suppliers to also join up to this leading commitment for the first time.

The Tesco own-label suppliers that have agreed to working in partnership with Tesco on this initiative are:

  1. Aryzta (bakery) - Dublin
  2. Stapleton’s (bakery) - Tipperary
  3. Panelto (bakery) - Longford
  4. Country Crest (produce) - Dublin
  5. Total Produce (produce) - Dublin
  6. Keelings (produce) - Dublin
  7. Manor Farm (poultry) – Cavan / Meath
  8. Ballymaguire Foods (ready meals) – Dublin
  9. Western Brand (poultry) - Mayo                 
  10. O’Brien Fine Foods (cooked meats) - Kildare
  11. ABP (meat) - Louth
  12. Hilton Meats (meat) - Louth

Tesco has led the way in tackling food waste across the industry in Ireland.  The retailer has adopted Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 as the formal target to tackle food waste. By diverting its surplus food from going to waste working in partnership with FoodCloud since 2014, Tesco has saved 12 million kilograms of carbon emissions from being produced through the transport and processing of this food as waste. This saving is equivalent to the CO2 emissions from the consumption of over 5.4million litres of petrol.

Welcoming the initiative as he attends the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton said, “A key part of the Government’s Climate Action Plan is tackling food waste and it is an area in which business can really make a tangible, measurable change. Tesco have been pioneering in working to measure, manage and reduce their food waste and I commend them for this initiative. This move will have a significant impact, not just in terms of reducing food waste, but in helping Ireland to reach our carbon reduction targets.”

Commenting, Kari Daniels, CEO, Tesco Ireland, “At Tesco, we have no time for waste. We believe that it’s simply not right that perfectly edible surplus food should go to waste when there are people in our communities who need it. We were the first retailer in Ireland to launch a national surplus food donations programme which has provided over 9 million meals to those in need to date, in partnership with FoodCloud.

“As a food business, we, along with our suppliers, will inevitably have a level of food waste in our business. That’s why it is so important that we’re tackling waste right across the supply chain – both at branded and own-brand levels. We’re very proud to bring together these leading suppliers of our business to address the most frequently wasted products and work meaningfully together to address how we can change,” she concluded.

Co-founder FoodCloud, Aoibheann O’Brien, said "FoodCloud are delighted to continue to partner with Tesco in achieving their ambitious goals on reducing food waste. This has now included partnering with many of thier suppliers in rescuing and redistributing surplus food from across the supply chain to communities across Ireland".  

This move is part of Tesco’s No Time for Waste initiative which aims to minimise food waste and increase surplus food donations from Tesco stores nationwide by 2020. Every week across the country Tesco donates on average the equivalent of over 30,000 meals for people in need.