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Tackling food waste together, from farm to fork

As a retailer we know that perfectly matching supply and demand is impossible – there will always be some unsold surplus food in our business.

However at Tesco, we have no time for waste and we believe its simply not right that perfectly good food should go to waste at any point in the supply chain.

That's why we've made a commitment to help reduce food waste on farms, in our stores and at home. We set an ambitious target to help halve food waste from farm to fork by 2030 to help meet the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 12.3.

We’re clear that we have a shared responsibility to tackle food waste wherever it occurs. Our approach is based on a simple principle: we must understand where food is wasted from farm to fork, and in what quantities, before we can act together to tackle it. 

That’s why we were the first Irish retailer to publish the amount of food wasted in our operations. It's also why we’re working in partnership with twelve of our largest Irish fresh food suppliers to support them to share the amount of food waste in their operations and use this insight to take action farm to fork.

Led by Tesco Ireland, these Irish food suppliers 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 SDG12.3. 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:

  • Aryzta 
  • Stapleton’s 
  • Panelto
  • Country Crest 
  • Total Produce
  • Keelings
  • Manor Farm 
  • Ballymaguire Foods
  • Western Brand         
  • O’Brien Fine Foods
  • ABP
  • Hilton Meats