Many grocery chain stores are working towards reducing food waste.
Tesco, Britain’s biggest supermarket group has begun offering leftover food from its stores to charity. The aim of this is to ensure that no food is wasted in its shop by the end of next year. The Chief Executive of Tesco, Dave Lewis said the organization believes that no food should be wasted that could be eaten. So the organization has committed to ensuring that all surplus food from the store does not waste. This is done in partnership with FareShare FoodCloud.
In the last six months, 22 tonnes of food has been produced from the scheme in 14 stores which is said to be enough for 50,000 meals. The Food Connection programme aims at expanding to all Tesco’s store by the end of the year and to every store by the end of 2017. This initiative has been adopted by many of Tesco’s large rivals.
Also, Marks & Spencer has established links with charities so that it can send them its surplus food. It intends to involve all its stores by this spring and to reduce its food waste by 20% within four years. The company has formed a partnership with the national giving platform Neighbourly, on whose website other charities can register to receive food. Louise Nicholls, the company’s head of responsible sourcing, packaging and Plan A, said: “Our key priority is to reduce food waste while ensuring that, where there is food surplus, we put it to the best possible use.
Other grocery stores include Waitrose and Asda. All companies that distribute surplus food get a cost-cut of about £80 ($113, €102) a tonne that should have been used as disposal cost.
At present, unsold food not donated goes to create electricity through anaerobic digestion.