Reducing food waste

Tesco and Society

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Reducing food waste

Food waste is a global concern - according to the UN, up to 1/3 of the food produced in the world is wasted. Poland takes infamous 5th place in Europe in terms of the amount of food being wasted. Annually, it is up to 9 million tonnes! That is why the tackling waste has become one of our priorities. We are working to reduce food waste throughout our supply chain and to educate customers, making them remember to respect food every day.

Our key program is the transfer of food surplus from Tesco stores to local food banks and other non-governmental organizations. In Poland, the process was launched in October 2013 and at the moment all our large hypermarkets transfer food on a daily basis. Our ambition is that all shops - not only in Poland but throughout Europe - are involved in this program.

Kevin Tindall, Retail Director for Central Europe, said: Many of our hypermarkets in Europe today are donating surplus food. We want, as soon as possible,  to give this opportunity to all our major stores. We know that it will not be easy, but we will continue to work with our partners to overcome any difficulties. We want to make a big step forward and make sure that all edible products will not be thrown away.

Tesco Poland began the transfer of surplus food as the first retail chain in the country, setting the example for other stores. Our partner here is the Federation of Polish Food Banks.

In Poland about 2.8 million people live in extreme poverty. Federation of Polish Food Banks works with 3,800 local charities, reaching up to 1.3 million people annually. Therefore, it is important and valuable for us to work with Tesco, one of the largest retail chains in Poland - says Marek Borowski, president of the Federation of Polish Food Banks.