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.”