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Tesco focuses on supply chain to reduce fruit waste

A major supermarket chain has pledged to cut waste by improving the efficiency of its supply chains.

Tesco’s ‘Trading Responsibly’ report sets out how the company manages these chains and how they are working to improve relationships with trading partners, with an empahsis on the fruit trade.

The firm sells 227,000 tonnes of bananas each year in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Tesco claims it now tracks and regulates temperatures during shipment. It also fixes ordering volumes a week in advance to help its ripeners plan ahead.

It also claims to buy bananas directly from producers in Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador and West Africa, which allows the firm to have greater visibility and influence through the supply chain.

Daniel Pacheco, Tesco technical manager, said: “Harvesting is a very important and delicate process - it takes expertise and experience to pick high quality fruit in the right way. I work with farmers to ensure we meet high standards and ensure we don’t waste the crop.”

Tesco is also working on getting citrus fruit to customers faster.

The report staes: “By providing volume forecasts further in advance, we allow our suppliers to send fruit straight from their sites in Spain directly to our UK depots.

“As a result, customers can buy fruit which is up to two days fresher and this extra shelf life helps reduce waste throughout the supply chain.”


Readers' comments (1)

  • The large amount of food waste is a lose-lose situation for the environment, the struggling families in today’s tough economy and for the food retailers. We should address the food waste problem in every link in our food supply chain. For example, the excess inventory of perishable food items close to their expiration on supermarket shelves causes waste.
    The consumer “Last In First Out” shopping behavior might be one of the weakest links of the fresh food supply chain.
    Why not utilize the new open GS1 DataBar standard to encourage efficient consumer shopping by offering him automatic and dynamic purchasing incentives for perishables approaching their expiration dates before they end up in a landfill?
    The “End Grocery Waste” application, which is based on the open GS1 DataBar standard, encourages efficient consumer shopping behavior that maximizes grocery retailer revenue, makes fresh food affordable for all families and effectively reduces the global carbon footprint. You can look this application up at EndGroceryWaste site.

    Chicago, IL

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