Products - Food Waste

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No Food Waste at all

We are a leader in the fight against food waste.

Every year a third of the world’s food is wasted. In terms of weight, it adds up to around 1.3bn tonnes. Across the EU alone, we waste over 88m tonnes of food a year.

According to the available data, every Czech throws up to 80 kg of food per year.

At Tesco, we have no time for waste. We think it’s simply not right that good food goes to waste. So while we may be one of the most efficient retailers, we’re not happy…. and we want to do more. We want to help reduce food waste, not just at Tesco, but also on farms, in factories, and at home.

In food waste prevention we mainly focus on food surplus donation, National food collection, supporting food banks, cooperation with suppliers, transparent reporting and educate general and professional public. See more what we do…  


Transparent reporting – an important step ahead

We are proud to be the first CE retailer to publish food waste data for our own operations.

We believe we are doing the right thing by publishing our food waste data. Without measurement, it is impossible to set targets and take action to reduce the amount of food going to waste. Publishing our data also allows us to measure progress against our goals, and to identify areas for future improvement.

In total in 2017/18, we sold 3,227,655 tonnes of food to customers through our Central European operations.

This generated:

  • 51,579 tonnes of surplus (not sold to customers)
  • 24,318 tonnes of this was fit for human consumption
  • 13,149 tonnes of this was donated or redistributed for animal feed
  • With 11,169 tonnes of food fit for human consumption going to waste, a reduction of over 46% on last year’s figure

Our goal is to help halve all global food waste by 2030.