Tesco Ireland leads the way at reducing food waste with suppliers

Red Cabbage bumper crop saved from waste 

Tesco Ireland has today confirmed that working with its grower, TJ Sheehan, Cork, it will divert 29 tonnes of red cabbage from waste by temporarily changing the specification to accommodate a bumper crop. The Irish grown red cabbage crop has seen changes to traditional growth patterns as a result of recent weather conditions.

Almost three quarters of the red cabbage crop grown by Sheehan’s, Castletownroche, Cork, have reached beyond the regular 1.5kg specification. A temporary specification change will see increased size cabbage heads and altered cabbage portions of the perfect quality crop in stores and online for the next number of weeks, as a result.

Commenting on the bumper growth crop, Sarah Leonard, fresh produce quality manager, Tesco Ireland, “Working with TJ Sheehan and our partners at Total Fresh in recent weeks we’ve helped to avoid our supplier from dealing with a wasted crop. Customers will experience the same great quality product with the added benefit of a larger product for the same price. We have no time for waste so we’re constantly looking at ways of helping suppliers avoid good quality, edible food from going to waste”.

Less than 1.1% of food at Tesco is wasted. More information on Tesco Ireland’s food waste data is available via   Tesco announced a commitment that no surplus food that’s suitable for human consumption will go to waste in its stores by 2020.


Tesco Red Cabbage Full Head is priced at 99c.

Tesco Red Cabbage Portion is priced at 59c.