Tesco has launched an online ‘food waste hotline’ to help suppliers and growers highlight waste hotspots and work with the retailer to tackle them.
The hotline is accessible to all Tesco suppliers via the retailer’s online Supplier Network, and will serve as a new link between suppliers and Tesco product teams, alert Tesco to potential supply chain food waste and work together to take action.
Tesco fresh food commercial director Matt Simister said: “At Tesco, we have no time for waste, and we are committed to reducing food waste wherever it occurs, from farm to fork.
“The ‘food waste hotline’ is another little help we are making to achieve this with our suppliers. It helps our suppliers gain direct, easy access to our product teams, and this will enable us to identify food waste hotspots and systemic issues and work in partnership to tackle them."
Tesco said it is making ongoing progress in tackling food waste in the supply chain, with examples including last summer’s strawberry crop, which ripened at the same time due to warm temperatures. Tesco said it introduced larger packs of strawberries at a “market leading” price to help mitigate this glut.
The food hotline will allow these types of initiatives to continue, Tesco said, and help identify more long-term food waste issues in the supply chain.