What a waste: Tesco bins almost 30,000 tonnes of food in six months

Tesco has said that it is bringing an end to certain food promotions after it revealed that in the first six months of the year it binned 28,500 tonnes of food waste at stores and distribution centres.

The supermarket’s findings show that 68% of salad sold in bags is thrown out, 35% of it at home, while 40% of apples are wasted, and a quarter of all grapes are and a fifth of all bananas are chucked away.

As a result, the supermarket is to end multi-buys on large bags of salad and says it is developing mix-and-match promotions for smaller bags to help customers reduce the amount of food they are wasting.

Tesco is also removing “display until” dates from fresh fruit and vegetables, and is reshuffling 600 in-store bakeries to reduce the quantities of bread on display, with the aim of better stock control and less waste.

Speaking to the Guardian,Tesco commercial director of group food Matt Simister said: “We’ve all got a responsibility to tackle food waste and there is no quick-fix single solution. Little changes can make a big difference, like storing fruit and vegetables in the right way.”

He added: “Families are wasting an estimated £700 a year and we want to help them keep that money in their pockets, rather than throwing it in the bin.”

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