The big Tesco throwaway - two thirds of salad ends up in the bin and 40 per cent of apples
TESCO has revealed that two-thirds of produce grown for bagged salads in its supermarkets ends up being thrown away.
It said 68 per cent of bagged salad was chucked away – 35 per cent of it in the home.
As a result, Tesco is to end multi-buys on large bags of salad and is developing mix-and-match promotions for smaller bags to help customers cut down the amount they are wasting.
It 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.
Also revealed by the supermarket chain is that 40 per cent of apples are wasted, and just under half of bakery items.
A quarter of grapes get thrown out, along with a fifth of all bananas.
Tesco plans to provide tips to customers on storing fruit, and using leftover bread, and is working with grape and banana suppliers to improve delivery times and conditions.
Overall, in the first six months of this year, 28,500 tonnes of food waste were generated in Tesco’s stores and distribution centres.
It is part of the 15 million tonnes of food waste which is said to be generated each year in the UK.
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.
"We're playing our part too and making changes to our processes and in store. Ending multi-buy promotions on large packs of bagged salads is one way we can help, but this is just the start and we'll be reviewing what else we can do. We're working with our suppliers to try to cut waste at all stages of the journey from farm to fork."