Tesco to end promotions after revealing two-thirds of produce for bagged salads wasted

Published: 21 Oct 2013

Tesco has announced it is dropping some food promotions after discovering two-thirds of produce grown for bagged salad is wasted. 
For the very first time, the supermarket giant has revealed its food waste figures - showing 68 per cent of salad to be sold in bags is thrown out, 35 per cent of it in the home. 
On the back of the findings, Tesco has announced it is to end multi-buys on large bags of salad and is developing mix-and-match promotions for smaller bags in a bid to help customers reduce the amount they are wasting. 
Tesco commercial director of group food Matt Simister said: 'We've all got a responsibility to tackle food waste and there is no quick-fix single solution. Little changes can make a big difference, like storing fruit and vegetables in the right way. 
'Families are wasting an estimated £700 a year and we want to help them keep that money in their pockets, rather than throwing it in the bin.' 
He added: 'We're playing our part too and making changes to our processes and in store. We're working with our suppliers to try to cut waste at all stages of the journey from farm to fork.' 
The supermarket is also removing 'display until' dates from fresh fruit and vegetables, using smaller cases in stores and rearranging 600 in-store bakeries to reduce the amount of bread on display, with the aim of better stock control and less waste. 
As well as the salad waste, Tesco found 40 per cent of its apples were wasted, as are around a half of bakery items, with a quarter of grapes unused. 
One in ten bananas is also thrown in the bin. 
The research found that in the first six months of this year, 28,500 tonnes of food waste were generated in Tesco's stores and distribution centres. 
Courtesy of Metro http://metro.co.uk/2013/10/21/tesco-to-end-promotions-after-revealing-two-thirds-of-produce-for-bagged-salads-wasted-4154226/ - 21/10/13

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