That is a colossal 59,400 tonnes of food just going to waste. It represents food that is edible but has gone unsold for whatever reason. Now Dave Lewis, of Tesco, is looking to do more to redistribute their surplus edible food waste to people in need.
His initiatives to cut waste have meant that Tesco has tried to reduce the time that food sits in its supply chain. One of the benefits to the store is that it can sell produce that spends longer in the store. It has also finally taken on-board the idea of selling “wonky” fruit and vegetables called “Perfectly Imperfect”, which they launched in February.
Quite why the consumer was convinced that a ‘straight’ carrot was a better product is bizarre. We all know the reason the shops wanted it was because they were easier to stack in a smaller shelf space. The retailer has also promised to redistribute all edible food waste from stores to charities by the end of 2017.
Let’s hope this move now spreads across all the supermarkets and let’s also keep an eye open for the price difference between those “wonky” foods.