20,000 cabbage plants diverted from food waste

30th November 2018 - Tesco Ireland today confirmed with its supplier Moore Produce in North County Dublin, that it has diverted 10 tons of sweetheart cabbage from waste by temporarily changing the specification to accommodate the changes in the crop. Grown in Naul, North Country Dublin, by the Moore family, this year’s cabbage crop has seen changes to traditional growth patterns as a result of the more extreme weather conditions over recent months. 

Over 20,000 cabbage plants have been diverted from waste in the past 2 weeks

  • This is the equivalent of approx. 10,000kg (or ten metric tonnes)
  • Equating to approx. 2,600 cases of green cabbage and sweetheart cabbage

Commenting on the crop, Alison O’Doherty, senior produce buying manager, Tesco Ireland, said;

“The drought experienced in summertime has had a knock on impact on crop growth in the winter months.  Working with Moore Produce we were able to accommodate a temporary specification to give the producers time to harvest their crops.” 

Over the past two weeks working with Total Produce and the Moore family we’ve been able to maintain our seasonal crop with a very small specification change and importantly we’ve avoided a situation where the crop would be ploughed back into the ground”.

“This supports the supplier, but it is also an important consideration for Tesco, because in 2017 we set ourselves clear targets to ensure that no good food that is suitable for human consumption will go to waste from our stores by 2020”, she concluded.

Pointed, hispi, hearted or sweetheart cabbage as it is sometimes known is a type of green cabbage with green leaves and a pointed head. The leaves are more open than those of a green cabbage and they have a softer texture and sweeter taste.

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