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Tesco Ireland signs up to Government’s Food Waste Charter

Tesco Ireland has reinforced its commitment to tackling the issue of food waste across its business by signing the Government’s Food Waste Charter. This food waste charter commits Tesco to working alongside other Irish retailers towards a common and long-term approach to tackling food waste in the sector.

Tesco Ireland has been at the forefront of tackling the issue of food waste since becoming the first national retailer to launch a surplus food donations programme in 2014 with FoodCloud. Tesco is the first retailer to publish its food waste data leading the industry on transparent food waste reporting at this level. To date Tesco has redistributed over 4.5 million meals to over 275 community groups across the country. Every week Tesco stores donate on average the equivalent of over 41,000 meals.

Speaking at the signing of the charter, Andrew Yaxley, CEO of Tesco Ireland commented:  “At Tesco, we’re committed to ensuring that no food that’s safe for human consumption will go to waste from our stores by 2020. As the first Irish retailer to publish our food waste data in September 2017, we are leading the industry in helping to stop good food from going to waste. Transparency and measurement are essential for identifying food waste hotspots, and in turn tackling the causes of food waste. While we have made progress in tackling food waste, there is still much more we can do as an industry. We are delighted to sign up to the Food Waste Charter and we welcome the commitment by other retailers to publish their food waste data and look forward to working with the government and other Irish retailers to tackle this issue.”

Speaking at the event, Minister Naughten said that “By being involved in the Retail Action Group, Tesco are demonstrating their commitment to reducing commercial food waste. The work that Tesco are doing in-store and in the community proves the massive benefits that being a leader in this area can bring, and I hope that their example will encourage others to follow suit”.

Over 275 local community groups are already realising the benefits of Tesco’s surplus food donations including family resource centres, soup kitchens, youth services, homeless organisations, meals on wheels and more. These donations have enabled the charitable sector to save over €6 million off their food bills to date, empowering them to invest in additional support services across the country.

Tesco is calling on new community groups who could benefit from receiving surplus food donations to register to become part of our surplus food donation programme via their website: Tesco.ie/notimeforwaste