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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

At Tesco, we have no time for waste. We are proud to be the first retailer in Central Europe to publish food waste data for our own operations, and are committed to driving progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target to halve per capita global food waste by 2030.

Highlights from 2018/19 include:

  • Our total food waste has reduced by 25% in the last year; from 38,054 tonnes in 2017/18 to 28,663 tonnes in 2018/19. This is 47% reduction compared to our baseline year of 2016/17
  • Through our partnership with national food banks, who help to redistribute surplus food, we donated 13,737 tonnes of surplus food to local charities from our stores and distribution centres. This is equivalent to over 32.5 million meals.
  • 747 (out of a total of 896) stores across Central Europe are offering surplus food to food bank partners and local charities. By 2020 all our stores in Central Europe will offer surplus food to those in need.

Transparency and measurement are essential for identifying hotspots, and in tackling the causes of food waste. It helps everyone understand how much, where, and why food is being wasted.

In total in 2018/19, we sold 3,110,167 tonnes of food to customers through our Central European operations.

This generated:

  • 49,132 tonnes of surplus (not sold to customers)
  • 27,342 tonnes of this was fit for human consumption
  • 20,469 tonnes of this was donated or redistributed for animal feed
  • With 6,873 tonnes of food fit for human consumption going to waste, a reduction of over 45 % on last year’s figure