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Little Helps Plan

No matter where we work, we want to have a positive impact on our customers, colleagues and communities.

Reducing food waste

We are committed to tackling food waste. We are continuously working on reducing food waste in our stores and at the same time  we are donating food surplus to people in need.

Measure, Target, Act

Tesco is the only retailer in Central Europe that measures and publishes own food waste data. In 2018, our total food waste reduced to 28,663 tonnes compared to 54,102 tonnes in 2016/17. Learn more on measuring food waste and donations...

In 2019/19 we donated 13,737 tonnes of food to our food bank partners. It is an equivalent of 34 million meals.

Working with supplier partners

Our “Perfectly Imperfect” range helps to reduce farm food waste, by encouraging shoppers to choose less regular products, with lower prices and keeping the same high quality standards. We offer apples, carrots and potatoes as permanent range and red peppers, pears and garlic as seasonal products. Learn more...

Our commitment

We are committed to all stores offering unsold food surplus donations by 2020. We know that food banks’ capacity is one of the barriers of the further development of the programme, and we trial Food Cloud app as a route to allowing more groups to collect from stores.