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Tesco launches food waste scheme

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Supermarket giant Tesco has launched a new scheme to reduce food waste.

It is collaborating with charity FareShare and Irish social enterprise FoodCloud to achieve this goal.

An app supplied by FoodCloud will be used by Tesco’s managers at different stores to tell charities the amount of unsold food they have at the end of the day.

The company threw away 55,400 tonnes of waste food in the last year, 30,000 tonnes of which could have been eaten.

Ireland already has the scheme in place at their Tesco stores, and will be piloted in 10 stores across the UK.

Dave Lewis, Tesco CEO said: “We don’t throw away much food in our own operations but even the 1% we do throw away amounts to 55,400 tonnes. This is potentially the biggest single step we’ve taken to cut food waste and we hope it marks the start of eliminating the need to throw away edible food in our stores.”

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