This figure is equivalent to almost 119 million meals!
Rival supermarkets to Tesco have been urged by the giant to join in the fight against food waste and to promise to re-distribute all unsold waste food to various charities by the end of 2017.
The supermarket giant has announced that the total amount of waste food generated by them last year had increased to 59,400 tonnes, which equates to almost 119 million meals!
They are the only big supermarket to disclose its food waste information and despite putting in place various initiatives to deal with waste food issues, the overall figure still increased last year.
This week, at a major industry conference, chief executive for Tesco, Dave Lewis, urged everyone involved in the food supply chain, to come together to tackle food waste problems, from supermarkets to farms, right through to the homes of the consumers.
Mr Lewis said: “When I arrived at Tesco, we were the only UK retail company to publish our food waste data.”
“What the data shows is that it’s clear where we need to focus our efforts – nearly three years after we announced it, we are still the only UK retailer publishing our data.”
Mr Lewis also urged companies to put in place temporary measures to help NOW with the redistribution of un-sold, edible food waste, to those in need.
Four of the top UK supermarkets – Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco, have this year signed a voluntary agreement, which pledges to reduce the amount of waste food and drink by one-fifth, over the next ten years.
Top manufacturers and brands, such as Nestlé and Coca-Cola, have also dedicated themselves to the Courtauld Commitment 2025, which was created by WRAP – the Waste & Resources Action Programme.
WRAP has calculated that every year in the UK, almost 1.9 million tonnes of food goes to waste within the grocery supply chain.
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