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Suppliers’ food waste

We have a shared responsibility to reduce waste from farm to fork. A major part of our work to reduce food waste has been in the way we source food, working in partnership with our suppliers. In September 2019 we announced that five of our CE own brand suppliers would adopt Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3, publish food waste data of their operations within 12 months, and work with us in partnership to reduce food waste farm to fork.

Summary of suppliers’ 2019 food waste reports:

  • ABP is an international agri-company which closely aligns its environmental strategy with UN Sustainable Development Goals. They supply high quality meat all around the globe not only to retail but also Michelin star restaurants. They are delivering a very complex food waste reduction strategy spanning from on-farm innovations, to processing optimisation to the end customer. All of the efforts are included in their “Doing More For Less” strategy which demonstrates that one projects can have an impact across the whole supply chain. In total, ABP handled 75698 tonnes of food in 2019 and wasted 53 tonnes, that is 0.07% of all handled food.
  • AM FRESH supplies Tesco in Central Europe with citruses, juices and flowers. The company started dealing with food waste some years ago so adopting SDG Target 12.3 was only a natural development for them. They work closely with all operations teams to increase awareness, provide regular quality updates and clear handling instructions. Moreover, Tesco shares valuable climatic and quality data to help the supplier save as much of their crop as possible. Their “Growers Harvest” range for Tesco helps divert extra 2.9% of their fruit from going to waste thanks to adjusted appearance requirements for sale. In total, AM FRESH handled 30 875 tonnes of food in 2019 and wasted 662 tonnes, that is 2.1% of all handled food.
  • Brop Slovakia is major potato supplier for Tesco in Czech Republic and Slovakia and supplies also Tesco Hungary. It is a family business that tries hard to optimise processes wherever possible to make sure their produce reaches customers at its freshest and avoid being wasted. Together with Tesco they have been developing the “Perfectly Imperfect” brand to bring wonky but great quality produce on shelves and increase customers awareness of the importance to tackle food waste. In total, Brop Slovakia handled 94 316 tonnes of food in 2019 of which they wasted 2 160 tonnes, that is 2.3% of all handled food.
  • G’s Marketing is one of the largest growers and packers of fresh salads and vegetables in the Czech Republic. The company is committed to tackling food waste and looks at the production process as a whole to improve efficiency. To prevent and reduce their food waste, they use precision farming techniques, optimise harvest according to demand and available stock, implement targeting forecasting systems or utilise produce that cannot be sold as a whole piece in pre-packed salads. In total, G’s Marketing handled 6 455 tonnes of food in 2019 of which they wasted 355 tonnes, that is 5.5% of all handled food.
  • Hilton Foods Poland is an important supplier of meat and ready meals for Tesco Central Europe. The company is committed to sustainability and reduction of all kinds of waste in its operations. Along with solutions to reduce water consumption, they are optimising processes to reduce machine food waste and use surplus food to produce pet food or send it directly to animal feed. In addition, they have also set up their own Problem Solving Group to identify more opportunities to reduce their food waste. In total, Hilton Foods Poland handled 26 664 tonnes of food in 2019 of which they wasted 199 tonnes, that is 0.7% of all handled food.

The full list of Tesco Group suppliers publishing their food waste data including full report can be found here.

We are delighted that five more suppliers have committed to measuring and publishing their food waste data from 2021:

  • Daifressh (produce)
  • Greenyard Frozen (frozen)
  • La Lorraine (bakery)
  • MasterGood (meat)

Full supplier food waste reports published in 2021

ABP 2021 Food Waste report
ABP 2021 Food Waste report PDF 450KB
AM Fresh 2021 Food Waste report
AM Fresh 2021 Food Waste report PDF 466KB
BROP 2021 Food Waste report
BROP 2021 Food Waste report PDF 623KB
Daifressh 2021 Food Waste report
Daifressh 2021 Food Waste report PDF 493KB
Greenyard Frozen 2021 Food Waste report
Greenyard Frozen 2021 Food Waste report PDF 379KB
G´s Marketing 2021 Food Waste report
G´s Marketing 2021 Food Waste report PDF 403KB
Hilton Foods 2021 Food Waste report 2021
Hilton Foods 2021 Food Waste report 2021 PDF 450KB
La Lorraine 2021 Food Waste report
La Lorraine 2021 Food Waste report PDF 540KB
Master Good 2021 Food Waste report
Master Good 2021 Food Waste report PDF 425KB

Full supplier food waste reports published in 2020

ABP 2019 Food Waste report
ABP 2019 Food Waste report PDF 483KB
AM FRESH 2019 Food Waste report
AM FRESH 2019 Food Waste report PDF 431KB
Brop Slovakia 2019 Food Waste report
Brop Slovakia 2019 Food Waste report PDF 596KB
G’s Marketing 2019 Food Waste report
G’s Marketing 2019 Food Waste report PDF 402KB
Hilton Foods 2019 Food Waste report
Hilton Foods 2019 Food Waste report PDF 477KB