Tesco funds 10,000 community projects through its Bags of Help scheme

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2018-Jan-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today (30 Jan 2018) announced that 10,000 community projects have now been funded through its Bags of Help scheme.

Run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, Bags of Help uses the money raised from carrier bag sales to fund local projects. No profit is made on the sale of these bags and Tesco has now donated over £41 million to fund great causes across England, Scotland and Wales through the programme, which began in 2015.

Through Bags of Help, Tesco customers vote in-store for their preferred local project, using the blue token given to them at the checkout. Every two months Tesco hands out grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000, in each of its 565 regions.

Examples of projects supported include:

  • A new ‘book bus’ for Robert Kett primary school in Norfolk. Bags of Help funding paid for a double decker bus, now parked in the school’s playground, which has been transformed into a library for the pupils to enjoy.
  • Helping vulnerable and isolated people to get cycling in Glasgow. Tesco grants helped pay for a ‘peddling pool’ – a dedicated area where small children can learn to ride a bike with their parents and carers.
  • Restoring a community allotment in Holyhead after three floods in three years made it difficult to access the site. Bags of Help funded a new all-weather road leading to the site, new paths around the plots and a dedicated car park to help the children, elderly and disabled users who regularly enjoy the site.

Matt Davies, Tesco CEO UK & ROI, said:

“We’re incredibly proud to be part of the communities we serve and support local causes. As Bags of Help is funded by the sale of carrier bags, it’s only right that our customers decide which local projects to fund, and I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve now donated £41 million to support 10,000 good causes – from restoring scout huts to buying kids’ football kits.

“This is a huge achievement and it’s fantastic to see Bags of Help making a big difference to local communities across the country.”

Graham Duxbury, Chief Executive of Groundwork UK, said:

“We are delighted that Bags of Help has reached the impressive milestone of funding 10,000 projects that have helped communities in England, Scotland and Wales.

“Since the initiative started we have seen some amazing projects come to fruition, and it’s great to know the impressive scale that the programme has on reaching communities that need extra funds to make where they live a better place to be.

“It’s exciting to know that this positive impact can continue and we look forward to seeing even more local communities apply for grants, and creating innovative projects that help local people and places.”

Bags of Help is one of the ways Tesco is committed to making a difference to the local issues that matter to its customers and colleagues. Other initiatives include donating food to those in need through local charities, and our network of 500 in store Community Champions working with the community. Find out more here.

We are a team of over 450,000 colleagues dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701    

Source: Tesco

Tesco announces removal of People Managers to simplify its operational structures

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2018-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today (22 Jan 2018) announced changes to simplify its operational structures to improve efficiency and give line managers clearer accountability for colleague and customer experience.

As part of these changes, the role of People Manager and Compliance Manager will be removed from large stores and fulfilment centres in the UK. The role of Customer Experience Manager, present in 226 stores, will also be removed, giving line managers more direct accountability for customer service, in line with all other Tesco stores.

The changes will affect 1,700 colleagues who will be supported to find alternative roles within the business wherever possible.

As a result of these changes, 900 new roles with broader remits will be created as People Partners, Learning Partners and Colleague Relations Partners working across multiple sites throughout distribution, stores and fulfilment. As part of this a new Colleague Administration role will also be created to support management teams in each large store and fulfilment centre.

Matt Davies, Tesco UK and ROI CEO, said:

“These changes remove complexity and will deliver a simpler, more helpful experience for colleagues and customers. We recognise these are difficult changes to make but they are necessary to ensure our business remains competitive and set up for the future.

“Our priority now is to support affected colleagues through these changes in any way we can. We hope to retain as many colleagues as possible in the new roles we have created and in the vacancies we currently have available.”

Note to editors

  • The removal of People Managers will impact colleagues in 757 large stores and seven fulfilment centres. Stores includes all Extra and Superstores as well as some larger Metro stores.
  • The removal of Compliance Managers will impact colleagues in 667 large stores and seven fulfilment centres. The removal of Customer Experience Manager will impact only the largest 226 Extra stores.

We are a team of over 450,000 colleagues dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701     

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Tesco supports the first Public Health England Change4Life campaign to promote healthier snacking for children

Tesco supports the first Public Health England Change4Life campaign to promote healthier snacking for children

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2018-Jan-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of a wider approach to help colleagues and customers on health, Tesco has today stepped up plans to help make healthier choices a little easier for shoppers by backing the first Public Health England Change4Life campaign to promote healthier snacking for children.

Building on the success of Tesco’s 2017 ‘Little Helps to Healthier Living’ campaign which saw the biggest monthly increase in the healthiness of their customers’ baskets, the new initiative will help parents, shopping in-store and online, choose affordable healthier snacks that are 100 calories or less.

The campaign, which runs for the month of January, will appear in all Tesco stores and online at Tesco.com. It includes in-store point of sale promotional materials of healthier kids’ snacks featuring Change4Life branding. The snacks – which include Pink Lady Apple Snack Packs, Goodness Strawberry Cereal bars and Tesco Pineapple Pieces in Juice 120g – will be available at everyday low prices.

Online, Tesco will use innovative technology in partnership with SpoonGuru to allow customers to quickly and simply find 130 healthier snacks containing 100 calories or less.

Support for the Change4Life healthier snacking campaign is part of Tesco’s integrated approach to help colleagues and customers at a time of the year when healthier eating is front of mind. Other key initiatives include:

  • Helpful ‘little swaps’ – at the front of all large stores a helpful basket comparison will highlight ten ‘little swaps’ that are lower in sat fat, salt and sugar. Taken together the ten little swaps will be 18% lower in price than the less healthy alternative basket. Additionally, 60 healthier alternatives will be highlighted under a ‘Helpful Little Swaps’ banner in-store and online.
  • Weekly Little Helps – each week in January Tesco will offer lower prices on fresh fruit and vegetables in store and online, including apples, avocados and salad tomatoes.
  • Food Love Stories advertising – Tesco will promote the recipe for ‘Nana’s Magic Soup’, offering 2 of your 5 a day per portion, on TV and offer 25% off all ingredients – alongside other Food Love Stories spanning all meal occasions, offering inspiration on healthier cooking.
  • Free Fruit for Kids – increased communication of Tesco’s pioneering Free Fruit for Kids scheme in stores which has seen kids enjoy over 32 million pieces of fruit since launch in 2017.

Matt Davies CEO for UK and ROI said:

“We know that our customers want us to help them eat more healthily and it can be particularly difficult to encourage children to eat healthy snacks. By promoting a wide range of snacks, aligned with Public Health England’s campaign, we hope to make it easier for families to make a healthier start to the year. This is part of a wider programme to help our colleagues and customers stay healthy.”

Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England, said:

“Half of the sugar children eat and drink is coming from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks. The Change4Life campaign is our way of giving parents a helping hand to make healthier choices for their children. We highly value Tesco’s support for Change4Life and its wider efforts to make it simpler to eat healthily.”

Further action Tesco has taken on health to help customers make healthier food choices every time they shop includes:

  • In 2014 Tesco announced it would remove sweets and chocolates from its checkouts across all store formats, including smaller convenience stores.
  • In 2015 Tesco announced that all the children’s lunchbox-sized soft drinks it sells would have no added sugar in them.
  • In 2016, Tesco introduced Free Fruit for Kids in over 800 Tesco stores across the UK. This is aimed at promoting healthy eating habits among kids that will stay with them as they grow up, and to make it easier for children to get the fruit they need.
  • For three years, Tesco has worked in partnership with Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation, raising £24m.
  • Tesco has also partnered with Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life since 2002 raising over £40m.
  • Tesco has also increased the number of healthier options at Tesco Cafés, making it easier for customers to have an affordable, healthier meal while shopping in store.
  • In May 2017, Tesco delivered integrated colleague and customer health events in all UK stores, with little helps to make it easy for consumers to choose healthier food, many of which have become permanent:
    • Permanent price reduction on over 200 healthier lines, including fresh fruit and vegetables.
    • Free Fruit for Kids offer always available in larger stores.
    • Increasing the number of promotions and the promotional space for healthier lines.
    • Making the healthier version of brands cheaper than less healthy option.
    • Front of store basket comparisons showing customers that swapping to healthier choices is cheaper as well as healthier.
    • Tesco’s food brand campaign, Food Love Stories featuring healthy, affordable recipes with prominence of ingredients in store.
    • In store fundraising for charities raising over £1m.
  • The event marked the biggest change seen in the healthiness of customers’ baskets in response to a campaign – Tesco saw customers choose more items lower in calories, fat, salt and sugar as a result.

Further details of Tesco’s health strategy can be found here: tescoplc.com/little-helps-plan/products-health/

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Notes to editors

  • Tesco’s Healthy Little Differences Tracker reports the nutrient profiling score (as defined by the Food Standards Agency) of the products it sells, and through this Tesco has been able to measure the impact of interventions on shopping behaviours. During the period of the 2017 ‘Little Helps to Healthier Living’ event, it saw a significant improvement in the score of the average shopping basket at Tesco: the biggest increase it has seen outside of seasonal changes.
  • In partnership with SpoonGuru, Tesco is helping customers quickly and easily search for healthy, dietary and lifestyle options through 13 new online filters, including low fat, gluten free and lactose free.
  • The Public Health England Change4Life campaign will run from Tuesday 2 January 2018 across England for 8 weeks and will be supported with an exciting new TV and radio advert, out of home and digital advertising, social media, partnerships and nationwide roadshows. nhs.uk/change4life

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701     
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Tesco raised funds for Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation during Land’s End to John O’Groats charity walk

Thousands of Tesco colleagues have walked in relay from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise funds for Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2017-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco colleagues from across the UK have completed their epic charity walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

The massive month long event was put together to raise funds for Tesco’s National Charity Partnership with Diabetes UK (DUK) and the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The route was unique to Tesco and specifically designed to take in as many stores and distribution centres as possible. It passed 150 stores along the way.

More than 4,000 Tesco colleagues from stores, offices and distribution centres across the UK all took part, with the route broken down into 51 ‘legs’ of 5km, 10km, 25km and 50km. Separate walks also took place in Wales and Northern Ireland. Overall the walk is expected to have raised more than £1 million.

As well as Tesco colleagues from all parts of the business, Olympic Gold Medallist Greg Rutherford joined walkers for their head office leg in Welwyn Garden City, alongside Tesco UK CEO Matt Davies.

Tesco UK CEO, Matt Davies said: “I couldn’t be more proud of colleagues from across the UK who have joined this fantastic event and raised important funds for our National Charity Partnership. I have loved joining colleagues at a number of walks and hearing the stories of others as the walk has made its way from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

“Over the last few years we’ve managed to raise an incredible £21m for our National Charity Partnership and this event has again demonstrated our commitment and the wonderful spirit of Tesco colleagues in going the extra mile for these fantastic causes.”

Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said: “Huge congratulations to all Tesco colleagues for completing their epic challenge and raising such an incredible amount of money for our partnership. Type 2 diabetes is a serious and potentially devastating condition; it can double your risk of heart and circulatory disease and lead to other complications such as sight loss and nerve damage, but the majority of cases are preventable. Thanks to Tesco’s support and fundraising, our National Charity Partnership is able to continue its vital work in preventing as many future cases of Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease as possible – two of the biggest health threats in the UK today.”

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, said: “People living with diabetes are 2-3 times more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke and this figure is set to increase as the population ages and levels of obesity rise. There is an urgent need for more research to better understand, treat and prevent heart disease, and money raised through our National Charity Partnership will help us deliver those breakthroughs. At the same time, we are providing practical support to help families reduce their risk of developing these conditions. We simply could not do this without the commitment of every single Tesco colleague and are immensely grateful for their support.”

Money raised for Tesco’s National Charity Partnership is helping to fund the vital and ongoing work of Diabetes UK and the BHF. It is also funding a series of online and community-based initiatives to help people make small, positive changes to their lifestyle to boost their health and reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease. So far, the partnership has reached more than 17 million people with its healthy lifestyle messages, helped around one million people get more active and supported thousands of families to enjoy nutritious meals made from scratch.

You can find out more about Tesco’s Great Walk at thegreattescowalk.com and about their National Charity Partnership at tescocharitypartnership.org.uk.
#TheGreatTescoWalk

Notes to editors:

• Tesco is committed to helping its colleagues, customers and communities live healthier lives.
• In 2016, Tesco was the first retailer to launch the Free Fruit for Kids initiative in the UK, which offers free fruit to children in store while their parents shop. The initiative is now available in more than 800 stores nationwide. In January 2015, Tesco was the first major retailer to remove sweets and chocolate from checkouts across all its stores.

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Tesco: new ‘Bag for Life’ to replace single use carrier bags; sales of the bag will fund community projects across Britain

Tesco: new ‘Bag for Life’ to replace single use carrier bags; sales of the bag will fund community projects across Britain

 

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Aug-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today ( 08 Aug 2017 ) announced that from 28 August single use carrier bags will be replaced by a new ‘Bag for Life’ made from 94% recycled plastic. The new bag will be priced at 10p and sales of the bag will fund community projects across Britain.

The announcement follows a successful 10-week trial in Aberdeen, Dundee and Norwich, where Tesco found that customers bought significantly fewer bags. Sales of bags in trial stores have since reduced by 25% and customers found that the Bag for Life, which is replaceable for free if damaged, helped them move to re-useable bags.

Tesco has given out 1.5 billion fewer single use bags since the introduction of the carrier bag charge in England in 2015, but still sells over 700 million of these each year. Removing single use carrier bags will significantly reduce the number of bags sold and will therefore help reduce litter and bags sent to landfill.

Online customers will still be able to opt for single use carrier bags for their shopping or select a bagless delivery, which 57% of Tesco’s online customers are now doing. Tesco also revealed today that it will be removing single-use wine carriers and lowering the price of its ‘Carry me bottle bag’ from £1 to 40p.

The new Bag for Life will continue to fund Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, which is delivered with Groundwork, and sees local community projects across Great Britain awarded grants, with Tesco customers voting for their favourite local project by picking up a blue token at the checkout each time they shop. Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has provided more than £33 million to over 6,400 local community projects. The scheme has until now been funded through the levy placed on single-use bags.

Matt Davies, UK and ROI CEO at Tesco, said:

“The number of bags being bought by our customers has already reduced dramatically. Today’s move will help our customers use even fewer bags but ensure that those sold in our stores continue to fund thousands of community projects across the country chosen by customers. It’s the right thing to do for the environment and for local communities.”

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey added:

“Since we introduced the 5p charge in 2015, the number of single-use plastic bags taken home has plummeted by 83%.

“I welcome Tesco wanting to go further and help their customers use even fewer plastic bags. The switch to a Bag for Life will continue to help reduce litter and boost recycling – helping to leave the environment in a better state than we found it.”

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has provided more than £33 million to over 6,400 local community projects, including:

• Robert Kett Primary School in Wymondham, which was awarded a £10K grant from Bags of Help to transform a double decker bus into a library for pupils to visit during playtimes to sample the books or take part in creative activities including Lego, painting and knitting.
• Grove Park Surgery in Hounslow, who received £5,000 to develop a therapeutic garden for patients with chronic illness or who are socially isolated to grow fruit and vegetables.
• Bedworth United Football Club in Bedworth, who were awarded nearly £3,000 to install a training pitch to allow more coaching facilities for young people.

Commenting on Bags of Help Graham Duxbury, Groundwork’s Chief Executive, said:

“Since it launched in 2015 Bags of Help has had an incredible impact on the environment – through the reduction of carrier bags used in Tesco stores and by providing funding for community groups to develop local projects that benefit the people and the places where they live.

“This step will see those environmental benefits increase, and we’re delighted that communities will continue to be able to access Bags of Help funding.”

Community groups and charities can apply for Bags of Help funding and Tesco customers can nominate projects they’d like to see receive some cash. Visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp to find out more.

Notes to editors

• Tesco’s Bags of Help sees grants of up to £4,000 being awarded to local community projects.
• So far Bags of Help has awarded over £33 million to more than 6,400 local community projects.
• Tesco is working with Groundwork, community charity, to deliver Bags of Help.
• For more information please visit: www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp/

Source: Tesco

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Tesco increases pay deal for hourly paid store colleagues by 10.5% over the next two years

Tesco increases pay deal for hourly paid store colleagues by 10.5% over the next two years

 

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Jun-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today (23 Jun 2017) announced a significant new pay deal for hourly paid store colleagues which will see hourly rates increase by 10.5% over the next two years, from the current rate of £7.62 to £8.42 an hour by November 2018.

These increases, alongside Tesco’s benefits package which includes colleague bonus plan and pension, will take the average store colleague to an equivalent hourly rate of £9.52 by November 2018.

The retailer is also announcing a significantly improved maternity package from October 2017 which will see an additional 14 weeks’ half pay for all colleagues. The eligibility period for this will also reduce from two years to one year from July 2018.

Matt Davies, CEO of Tesco UK, said:

“This reward package sees our biggest investment in store pay for a decade, and gives colleagues a sustainable pay deal that rewards them for everything they do, while allowing us to also attract new talent.

“We also want to do all we can to help working parents and that’s why we are proud to offer a much improved maternity package to our colleagues.”

Hourly pay for store colleagues will increase in three stages:

  • From its current level of £7.62 to £8.02 in November 2017;
  • From £8.02 to £8.18 in July 2018; and
  • From £8.18 to £8.42 in November 2018.

Bucking the trend across the retail sector, Tesco will continue to offer premium payments for Sunday and bank holiday shifts as colleagues have said these are valuable to them. Colleagues will continue to receive time and a half for these shifts until July 2018, when the payments will change to time and a quarter. Under the new agreement 97% of colleagues will be better off. However, any colleagues negatively impacted by the changes will be supported with a lump sum transition payment worth 18 months of the difference in pay, paid in July 2018.

Tesco worked with union, Usdaw and elected colleague representatives to agree the deal.

Notes to editors

As part of the agreement the established rate of pay will now apply to colleagues at three months instead of the current nine months from July 2017.

Source: Tesco

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Tesco and Dixons Carphone partner to open two Currys PC World concessions within Tesco stores this summer

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco and Dixons Carphone have announced a new partnership which will see two Currys PC World concessions opening within Tesco Extra stores this summer.

The first store is scheduled to open in July at Tesco’s Milton Keynes Extra store, followed by a second concession at its Weston Favell Extra store in Northampton later in August.

A tailored range of Currys PC World products will be on offer in the outlets including televisions, computers, white goods and accessories. Laptop repairs, advice and comparison services – allowing customers to explore switching broadband and energy supply – will also be available.

Matt Davies, UK CEO of Tesco, said:

“We’re always looking at ways to offer our customers the best possible range of services in our stores. We think this is a winning combination for customers and look forward to opening the first outlet in our Milton Keynes store in July.”

Katie Bickerstaffe, UK&I CEO of Dixons Carphone, said:

“Customers tell us they want to pick up the latest electrical products conveniently and at competitive prices, with expert advice and from someone they trust to keep them working seamlessly. This trial gives them all of this during a weekly grocery shop, which we hope they will enjoy.”

Contact:

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Tesco’s ‘Free Fruit for Kids’ initiative provided 20 million pieces of fruit since its launch in July last year

Tesco’s ‘Free Fruit for Kids’ initiative provided 20 million pieces of fruit since its launch in July last year

Tesco’s ground-breaking ‘Free Fruit for Kids’ initiative has proved a real hit with children and parents, after the retailer revealed it has given out 20 million pieces of free fruit since its launch in July last year.

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The scheme, which was the brain child of Customer Assistant Maria Simpson, launched last summer in over 800 stores across the UK and has seen kids enjoy over six and a half million apples, eight million bananas and five and half million oranges so far.

New research by Tesco and Mumsnet has highlighted the positive effect the initiative has had, with a third of participating parents saying their children have eaten more fruit thanks to the scheme.

The research, which surveyed over 1,400 Mumsnet users with at least one child also found three quarters of participating parents feel the initiative has made their shopping trip easier, with nine out of ten parents saying they feel more positive towards Tesco as a result.

The ‘Free Fruit for Kids’ initiative is just one of the ways Tesco is helping customers make healthier choices.

Earlier this month, Tesco launched its ‘Little Helps to Healthier Living’ campaign, including lower prices on hundreds of products, such as fruit and vegetables, and helpful ‘little swaps’, many of which contain lower levels of salt, fat and sugar than the standard alternative.

Matt Davies Tesco UK CEO said,

“As the UK’s largest green grocer, and with millions of customers shopping with us every week, we have a unique opportunity to help them live healthier lives.

“Our Free Fruit for Kids initiative plays a really important role in this, helping to create healthy eating habits that will stay with children as they grow up. We’re incredibly proud that kids across the UK have already been able to enjoy more than 20 million pieces of free fruit so far”

Justine Roberts, Mumsnet CEO and Founder said,

“Small things – like encouraging healthy eating – can occupy a lot of headspace for parents. Helping children towards their five-a-day while at the same time making the weekly shop less stressful is a thoughtful move from Tesco and one that Mumsnet users have given an unequivocal thumbs up to.

Notes to editors:

  • Tesco’s Free Fruit for Kids initiative is part of its continued commitment to making it easier for customers and colleagues to live more healthily. It has already removed over 8,000 tonnes of sugar, fat and salt across a range of 2,000 products including breakfast cereals, yoghurts, and ready meals through the ongoing reformulation of its own label products.
  • Tesco was the first major supermarket to comply with the UK government’s sugar levy across all its own label soft drinks. In 2014, Tesco committed to removing sweets and chocolates off its checkouts, in all its stores. In 2015 Tesco announced that all the children’s lunchbox-sized soft drinks it sells would have no added sugar in them.
  • Tesco is working with its three health charity partners, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK throughout their health campaign. In May, Tesco colleagues are aiming to move a million miles to support these charities, in the Tesco Million Mile Challenge. Tesco will match each mile with £1, up to a total donation of £1 million.
  • Tesco is also be offering customers free diabetes risk assessments and blood pressure check-ups in 375 Tesco pharmacies, and will be supporting 330 Race for Life events across the UK in partnership with Cancer Research UK.
  • Tesco has also increased the number of healthier options at Tesco Cafés, making it easier for customers to have an affordable, healthier meal while shopping in store.
  • Referenced research is based on an online survey with 1,440 Mumsnet users between 28 April and 8 May 2017.

About Mumsnet

  • Mumsnet is the UK’s largest network for parents, with over 10.5 million unique visitors per month clocking up over 100 million page views. It has 170 local sites and a network of 10,000 bloggers and vloggers. It regularly campaigns on issues including support for families of children with special educational needs, improvements in miscarriage care and freedom of speech on the internet.
  • A new survey published today by Tesco, reveals that a third of participating parents believe their kids have eaten more fruit as a result of the Tesco Free Fruit initiative.
  • The survey, carried out with over 1,400 Mumsnet users with at least one child, also found that three quarters of participating parents feel it has made the shopping trip easier, with nine out of ten parents saying they feel more positive towards Tesco as a result.
  • Referenced research is based on an online survey with 1,440 Mumsnet users who had at least one child, between 28 April and 8 May 2017.

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

SOURCE: Tesco

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701

 

Tesco already removed over 8,000 tonnes of sugar, fat and salt across a range of 2,000 products

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — This week Tesco will launch the next stage in its ongoing efforts to make healthier choices a little easier for customers, colleagues and communities across the UK.

The ‘Little Helps to Healthier Living’ campaign, running throughout May, will provide:

· Helpful ‘little swaps’, many of which have lower sugar, fat or salt than the regular alternatives
· Lower prices on hundreds of fresh products in store and online, including fruit and vegetables such as apples, avocados, bananas and, tomatoes
· The introduction of fresh fruit at the checkout so customers can easily add a piece to their shopping
· In store health checks in partnership with Diabetes UK and British Heart Foundation
· TV advertising (Food Love Stories brought to you by Tesco) and other paid for media to encourage people to make swaps and use healthier ingredients
· Increased communication of Free Fruit for Kids in Tesco’s larger stores

The campaign is part of Tesco’s continued commitment to making it easier for customers and colleagues to live more healthily. It has already removed over 8,000 tonnes of sugar, fat and salt across a range of 2,000 products including breakfast cereals, yoghurts, and ready meals through the ongoing reformulation of its own label products.

Tesco was the first major supermarket to comply with the UK government’s sugar levy across all its own label soft drinks. Last summer, Tesco introduced its Free Fruit for Kids initiative, and in 2014, Tesco committed to removing sweets and chocolates off its checkouts, in all its stores.

Tesco will be working with its three health charity partners, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK throughout the campaign. In May, Tesco colleagues are aiming to move a million miles to support these charities, in the Tesco Million Mile Challenge. Tesco will match each mile with £1, up to a total donation of £1 million.

Tesco will also be offering customers free diabetes risk assessments and blood pressure check-ups in 375 Tesco pharmacies, and will be supporting 330 Race for Life events across the UK in partnership with Cancer Research UK.

Matt Davies CEO for UK and ROI said,

“Our ‘Little Helps to Healthier Living’ campaign marks the first time we’ve brought together such a comprehensive programme of offers and initiatives for both customers and colleagues.

“With millions of customers across the UK shopping with us every week and more than 300,000 colleagues working in our stores, centres and offices, we have a unique opportunity to help people make healthier choices.

“We know there is still more to do, but hope these little helps make a difference, and we will learn from this month to see what really serves our customers better.”

Further Tesco action on health:

· In 2015 Tesco announced that all the children’s lunchbox-sized soft drinks it sells would have no added sugar in them.

· In 2014 Tesco announced it would remove sweets and chocolates from its checkouts across all store formats, including smaller convenience stores.

· Last year, Tesco introduced Free Fruit for Kids in over 800 Tesco stores across the UK. This is aimed at promoting healthy eating habits among kids that will stay with them as they grow up, and to make it easier for children to get the fruit they need.

· Tesco is part of a long-term national partnership with Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation focused on improving the nation’s health.

· Tesco has also increased the number of healthier options at Tesco Cafés, making it easier for customers to have an affordable, healthier meal while shopping in store.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701

Source: Tesco

Tesco sells its opticians business in the UK and Republic of Ireland to Vision Express

Tesco today announces the sale of its opticians business in the UK and Republic of Ireland to Vision Express in a move to further simplify its business and serve its shoppers better.

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Apr-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco Opticians currently operates in 206 stores across the UK and three stores in the Republic of Ireland, as well as online. It employs approximately 1,500 colleagues, all of whom will be covered by TUPE legislation to transfer into Vision Express following a consultation process.

The disposal is subject to regulatory approval by the Competition and Markets Authority in the UK.

Commenting on the disposal, Matt Davies UK and ROI CEO, said:

“This allows us to further simplify and strengthen our UK business and ensures our customers are still able to enjoy high quality eye care services from Vision Express in our larger stores. Our priority now is to work with our colleagues and support them through this change.”

SOURCE: Tesco

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701

Tesco further improves the service it provides customers

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Apr-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today (5 Apr 2017) made changes to the way it runs some of its stores, as it looks to further improve the service it provides customers.

Last year, Tesco announced changes to help simplify how its stores are operated with the aim of improving customers’ shopping trip.

The changes have made a real difference and Tesco is now looking at further improvements to the service model within its UK stores. In particular, moving from night-to-day replenishment in 69 stores, with eight of those stores reducing their trading hours. Tesco is also bringing together different service desks so that customers can get everything they need in one place.

Where similar changes have been made, Tesco has started to see the benefits of this simpler way of serving customers – it’s freeing up more time to focus on great service and is ensuring stores are at their best when they are at their busiest.

Tesco UK and ROI CEO, Matt Davies said:

“We’re committed to improving the way we serve our customers and this week have discussed making further changes in a number of UK stores with our colleagues.

“These changes will help us run these stores more simply and deliver the best possible service for customers. We appreciate these changes will impact the roles of some of our colleagues and we will work with them to ensure they are fully supported throughout this period.”

Tesco will look to implement the changes over the coming months.

The stores changing from 24 hour opening to 6am – midnight opening are:

  • Galashiels Extra
  • Holyhead Extra
  • Ilkeston Extra
  • Kilmarnock Extra
  • Falkirk Grahams Road
  • Folkestone
  • Edgware Road Metro
  • Worksop

Note to editors

  • Tesco announcement, made in January 2016, on 76 stores closing 24 hour trading here.

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701

Source: Tesco

Tesco proposes to reduce the number of Tesco distribution centres from 25 to 23

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today (9 Jan 2017) proposed changes to its distribution network in order to run its business more simply and in a way that best serves its customers.

These changes form part of a wider programme of transformation, which has been taking place over the last two years, to ensure Tesco is set up for the future in a rapidly changing retail sector.

The proposed changes will reduce the number of Tesco distribution centres from 25 to 23 in the UK and will include: 

  • Closing Welham Green distribution centre and moving its grocery operations to the Reading distribution centre.
  • Bringing the majority of general merchandising into one distribution centre at Middlesbrough, resulting in the closure of the Chesterfield distribution centre.
  • Withdrawing from Daventry hanging garments shared distribution centre which is currently operated by third party DHL. Its clothing operations will move to nearby Tesco Daventry distribution centre.
  • Bringing all warehouse operations that are currently carried out by DHL and Wincanton in house.
  • Simplifying the management structure across all distribution centres.

While these changes will result in some redundancies, new roles will be created within other sites across the Tesco distribution network. This includes new jobs at Reading and Middlesbrough distribution centres as well as the creation of colleague support roles in the majority of centres.

Matt Davies, Tesco UK&ROI CEO, said:

“As the needs of our customers change, it’s vital we transform our business for the future.

“As part of this we are proposing to close two of our distribution centres in the UK. These changes will help to simplify our distribution operations so we can continue to serve our customers better.

“Our priority throughout this process has been our colleagues and we will continue to do all we can to support them at this time.”

Contact:

Tel: +44 (0) 800 505555
Email: customer.service@tesco.co.uk

Source: Tesco

Tesco customers donated more than 2.8 million meals to people in need during the ninth Neighbourhood Food Collection

Tesco customers donated more than 2.8 million meals to people in need during the ninth Neighbourhood Food Collection

 

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Generous Tesco customers got into the festive spirit by donating more than 2.8 million meals to people in need during the ninth Neighbourhood Food Collection, which took place between 1 and 3 December.

This collection brings the total number of meals collected by Tesco customers to an astounding 41 million since the programme began in 2012.

The collection provides essential food for people in need over the festive period and beyond, and will now be redistributed through foodbank charity, The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity, FareShare.

During the collection, Tesco customers were asked to donate non-perishable food items such as long-life milk, tinned vegetables, tinned meat and Christmas treats. Volunteers from Trussell Trust foodbanks and FareShare joined Tesco colleagues in store over the course of the three days to collect donations from kind-hearted customers.

Tesco will add an extra 20% to all customer donations in the form of financial support to the two charities. This financial top up is used by The Trussell Trust and FareShare to provide additional services such as counselling and housing advice, volunteering and training opportunities as well as helping to cover running costs in order to provide more food to people in crisis.

Matt Davies, UK and ROI CEO at Tesco said:

“Once again we’ve been overwhelmed by the incredible generosity our customers have shown in their local communities for the Neighbourhood Food Collection. With winter upon us, it’s absolutely essential this food now goes to helping those in need.

“The collection could not take place without the support and response from our colleagues and volunteers, and we want to thank everyone involved who helped to make this collection so successful.”

The donations come at a vital time when both The Trussell Trust and FareShare see an increase for their support.

David McAuley, Trussell Trust Chief Executive, said

“The staggering generosity of Tesco customers, store colleagues and volunteers, means foodbanks UK wide will be able to provide vital food and support to people who are struggling during what could be our busiest December yet. Thank you for your support – your generosity will help stop hunger this Christmas.”

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare, said:

“What we’re seeing, right across the country, is an increased demand from the organisations we work with for more food. They have more mouths to feed. There has been a 26% increase in the number of charities signing up to FareShare in the last year, so without the Neighbourhood Food Collection we simply couldn’t meet the growing demand. Every single item of food donated will make a difference, so thank you to everyone involved.”

In addition to the Neighbourhood Food Collection, Tesco has over 600 permanent collection points across the UK where customers can donate food each week.

Food collections also took place at Tesco stores in Central Europe with over 1.1 million meals collected across Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Czech Republic – a 20% increase on last year’s collection. Tesco will add an extra 20% to all customer donations in the form of financial support to charity partners in Central Europe too.

Notes to the Editor

• Since the Neighbourhood Food Collection began in 2012, Tesco customers have donated 41 million meals – this includes customer donations as well as the 20% top-up from Tesco and food donated to our permanent collection points.
• Some Tesco stores collect for their local Trussell Trust foodbank, which will provide a minimum of 3 days’ emergency food supplies to people that have been identified as being in crisis by frontline agencies such as Citizen’s Advice, children’s centres or housing associations. Other stores collect for their regional FareShare depot, where the food is redistributed to community groups and local charities.

About The Trussell Trust

• Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy or bereavement to welfare problems or receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. The Trussell Trust’s network of over 420 foodbanks provides three days’ emergency food and support to people in crisis across the UK.
• From April 2015 to April 2016, Trussell Trust foodbanks provided 1,109,309 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis. Of those helped, 415,866 went to children.
• Everyone who comes to a Trussell Trust foodbank is referred by a frontline professional like a Citizens Advice worker, health visitor or children’s centre.
• Trussell Trust foodbanks do much more than food: they provide a listening ear and help resolve the underlying cause of the crisis either through signposting onto relevant local charities or providing on-site immediate support, such as holiday clubs or budgeting and cookery courses.
• Find out more at www.trusselltrust.org

About FareShare

FareShare is a UK-wide charity that tackles food waste and food poverty by redistributing in date, good food from the food & drink industry, that would otherwise go to waste, to frontline charities and community groups that support vulnerable people, including homeless shelters, children’s breakfast clubs, and domestic violence refuges. These organisations transform the food into nutritious meals, which they provide alongside life-changing support.

In 2015/16, FareShare redistributed 10,795 tonnes of food to 4,652 charities and community groups, enough to provide 21.9 million meals for people in need with an estimated value to the charity sector of £21.7 million. FareShare helped to feed 499,140 people every week. To find out more, please visit www.fareshare.org.uk

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701

Source: Tesco

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Tesco hosts its biggest ever Neighbourhood Food Collection, December 1-3, 2016

Tesco hosts its biggest ever Neighbourhood Food Collection, December 1-3, 2016
Tesco hosts its biggest ever Neighbourhood Food Collection, December 1-3, 2016

 

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco is encouraging people across the UK to donate generously during its biggest ever Neighbourhood Food Collection, which takes place in all Tesco stores from Thursday 1 December until Saturday 3 December.

The Neighbourhood Food Collection, run by Tesco with foodbank charity, The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity, FareShare, is aiming to provide at least five million meals to help feed people in need this winter.

Both The Trussell Trust and FareShare see an increase in the need for their support during the winter, with the extra cost of heating that comes with the cold weather adding another pressure for families struggling to make ends meet.

For other vulnerable people, it’s isolation or the need for greater support services, which has led to an 26% increase in the number of charities signing up to FareShare for food deliveries in the last year.

Since the Neighbourhood Food Collection launched in 2012, the equivalent of more than 38 million meals have been donated to people in need by generous Tesco customers. Tesco also tops up customer donations by 20%, the only retailer to top up customer donations in this way – helping the charities grow and provide additional support to people in need.

Matt Davies, UK and ROI CEO at Tesco said:

“It’s so great to witness the generosity of our customers each time we hold a Neighbourhood Food Collection. That’s especially true at Christmas, when the Trussell Trust and FareShare see an increase in demand for the support they provide people who are struggling to make ends meet.

“Together with the 20% top-up provided by Tesco, we’re hoping this collection will go on to help more people in need than ever before.”

The Neighbourhood Food Collection is part of Tesco’s ongoing effort to encourage customers to donate long-life food to charity. Their two charity partners – The Trussell Trust and FareShare – support a wide range of people across the UK who find themselves in desperate need of support.

There are many reasons why people find themselves in this situation, from receiving an unexpected bill when on a low income to being alone and struggling to fight an addiction.

David McAuley CEO at The Trussell Trust said:

“For families already managing tight budgets, winter is often the hardest time of year. Every December Trussell Trust foodbanks meet people who have been hit by something unavoidable, like redundancy or illness, and are facing Christmas unable to afford food. New foodbank statistics out tomorrow suggest foodbank use could double in the lead up to Christmas. We’re very grateful for the donations of Tesco shoppers, colleagues and volunteers – your generosity will help stop hunger this Christmas.”

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare, said:

“The Neighbourhood Food Collection really helps us in our work to provide good food to thousands of amazing frontline organisations in the UK, which support people who are struggling to feed themselves. These organisations work tirelessly to provide life-changing support to people in need. Every single item of food donated will make a difference, so thank you to everyone involved in the Neighbourhood Food Collection.”

In addition to the Neighbourhood Food Collection, Tesco has over 600 permanent collection points across the UK where customers can donate food each week.

Notes to the Editor

  • Tesco has been running Neighbourhood Food Collections since 2012 and has collected 38 million meals so far.
  • Some Tesco stores collect for their local Trussell Trust foodbank, which will provide a minimum of 3 days’ emergency food supplies to people that have been identified as being in crisis by frontline agencies such as Citizen’s Advice, children’s centres or housing associations. Other stores collect for their regional FareShare depot, where the food is redistributed to community groups and local charities.
  • This financial top up is used by The Trussell Trust and FareShare to provide additional services such as counselling and housing advice, volunteering and training opportunities as well as helping to cover running costs in order to provide more food to hungry people.

About The Trussell Trust

Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy or bereavement to welfare problems or receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. The Trussell Trust’s network of over 420 foodbanks provides three days’ emergency food and support to people in crisis across the UK.

  • From April 2015 to April 2016, Trussell Trust foodbanks provided 1,109,309 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis. Of those helped, 415,866 went to children.
  • Everyone who comes to a Trussell Trust foodbank is referred by a frontline professional like a Citizens Advice worker, health visitor or children’s centre.
  • Trussell Trust foodbanks do much more than food: they provide a listening ear and help resolve the underlying cause of the crisis either through signposting onto relevant local charities or providing on-site immediate support, such as holiday clubs or budgeting and cookery courses.
  • Find out more at trusselltrust.org.uk.

About FareShare

FareShare is a UK-wide charity that tackles food waste and food poverty by redistributing in date, good food from the food & drink industry, that would otherwise go to waste, to frontline charities and community groups that support vulnerable people, including homeless shelters, children’s breakfast clubs, and domestic violence refuges. These organisations transform the food into nutritious meals, which they provide alongside life-changing support.

In 2015/16, FareShare redistributed 10,795 tonnes of food to 4,652 charities and community groups, enough to provide 21.9 million meals for people in need with an estimated value to the charity sector of £21.7 million. FareShare helped to feed 499,140 people every week. To find out more, please visit www.fareshare.org.uk.

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701

Source: Tesco

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Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative expanded to new monthly format

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Nov-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thousands more community groups will bag a cash boost from Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative after the supermarket announced plans to invite customers to vote for their favourite community projects every month.

Previously the awards programme ran every nine months, but from 1 December Tesco customers will decide on a monthly basis which groups get grants of up to £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 in regions up and down the country.

It’s expected the new monthly format will see more than 7,000 projects receive vital funding every year. Funding will continue to be awarded to groups seeking to use and develop outdoor spaces in ways that will benefit their local community.

Matt Davies, UK CEO from Tesco said:

“Over the last year, the money raised from our customers buying single-use carrier bags has resulted in £24 million being awarded to over 2,400 local community projects – all chosen by our customers.

“I’ve seen first-hand the diversity of brilliant projects, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in-between.

“In order for even more local projects to benefit from this money, customers will now be invited to vote for their favourite community projects every time they shop with us.”

Voting for the first month’s groups will run in Tesco stores across the UK throughout December. Customers will be able to cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco is working with environmental improvement charity, Groundwork, to help deliver its Bags of Help scheme.

Groundwork’s national Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“The money raised by Tesco customers through Bags of Help has already made a massive difference in communities.

“Now that the scheme will be permanently open for applications, we expect even more communities to benefit from fantastic projects that create or provide access to better, healthier and greener places.”

Tesco and Groundwork are always calling out for nominations from community groups and customers – find out more at www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

NOTES TO EDITORS:

  • 600 community groups will receive a grant each month: three in each of the 200 Tesco regions
  • The group with the most votes will receive up to £5,000, with second place receiving up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000
  • Every year more than 7,000 projects will receive funding
  • Voting will take place from the 1st of the month to the last Saturday of the month, with projects changing monthly
  • The initiative is supported by money from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags
  • Customers and community groups are able to nominate projects they would like supported, by visiting www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp
  • Each month applications will be whittled down to three in each of Tesco’s regions by Tesco colleagues who live and work in each region

For more information please visit: www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701

Source: Tesco

Tesco announces Black Friday deals until 1 December 2016

Tesco announces Black Friday deals until 1 December 2016
Tesco announces Black Friday deals until 1 December 2016

 

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Nov-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Customers are set to benefit from even more Black Friday deals today (25 Nov 2016) with the retailer releasing another 300 promotions.

  • Over 700 participating Tesco stores offering Black Friday deals across the country
  • Tesco is already offering market leading prices on the most loved toys this Christmas

Customers are set to benefit from even more Black Friday deals today with the retailer releasing another 300 promotions. Hundreds of Tesco stores opened their doors at 5 am today to help customers to take advantage of the deals.

Thousands of customers have already enjoyed Tesco’s biggest ever Black Friday event. So far this week, there have been over six million visits to the Tesco Direct website, up 40% compared to a typical week.

Top deals launched today (subject to stock availability) include:

  • Blaupunkt 43-134MXN Smart Full HD 43 Inch LED TV with Freeview HD, now £149. Saving £100.
  • Sharp 49 Inch LC-49CFG6001K Full HD LED SMART TV with Freeview, now £199. Saving £130.
  • Samsung UE40KU6020 40 Inch Smart WiFi Built In Ultra HD 4k LED TV with Freeview HD, now £299.
  • Monster iSport Super Slim Bluetooth In-Ears black or lime, now £49. Saving £41 (online only).
  • PS4 Slim 500GB Uncharted 4 Console Bundle & Fifa 17, now £199.
  • LEGO Technic 24 Hours Race Car, now £49.99. Saving £45.
  • Dyson DC34 handheld vacuum £89.

So far this week Tesco has sold almost a hundred items per minute on Tesco Direct. Toys have been the most popular category with one toy sold every two seconds.

Matt Davies, UK&ROI CEO of Tesco, said:  “We’re doing all we can to take the hard work out of Christmas and help our customers get everything they need in one place.

“We’re already offering customers market leading prices on the most loved toys this Christmas, and now we’re launching even more Black Friday deals.”

He adds: “Christmas is an extremely busy time for customers, but with more products now on sale for a longer period, we’re hoping to take the stress out of Christmas shopping for our customers.”

This year is Tesco’s biggest ever Black Friday event with the retailer offering 11 days of amazing deals with up to 50% off products. The event is running on the Tesco Direct website until Thursday 1st December and in-store from Friday 25th November until Thursday 1st December.

Notes to editors

  • Please see further press releases on Black Friday here and here
  • For more details on specific stores which are participating in the Black Friday event please visit the online store locator here http://www.tesco.com/store-locator/uk/
  • Tesco’s top 10 toys for Christmas.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701

Source: Tesco

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Tesco announces amazing deals to kick off its online Black Friday event

Tesco announces amazing deals to kick off its online Black Friday event
Tesco announces amazing deals to kick off its online Black Friday event

 

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Nov-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has kicked off its online Black Friday event by announcing amazing deals for customers on hundreds of products across its electrical, toy and home ranges. The Black Friday event includes discounts on 650 products with up to 50% off on selected items.

  • Customers set to benefit from 11 days of deals running from Monday 21 November to Thursday 1 December 2016
  • Top deals include £80 off  Sat Nav – Garmin Drive travel edition 50 and £80 off Acer Laptop 15.6″ Windows 4GB / 1TB
  • Tesco is already offering market leading prices on the most loved toys this Christmas

The event will run on the Tesco Direct website from Monday 21st November to Thursday 1st December, while over 300 Tesco stores will be opening their doors to customers at 5 am on Black Friday itself.

Top deals available on Tesco Direct* include:

  • Acer Laptop 15.6″ Windows 4GB / 1TB – including DVD – Pentium – now £199.00 (save £80)
  • Acer 11″ Cloudbook 2GB / 32, including office, now £99.00 (save £50)
  • Sat Nav – Garmin Drive 50 travel edition – now £79.00 (save £80)
  • Circulon 5 piece pan set now £80 (save £120)
  • Amefa 44 piece Cutlery set now £50  (save £70)
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Xbox One and PS4) – Only £29
  • Google Chromecast HD Digital Media Streamer (2015) – Only £20
  • Samsung Tablet Tab E (Black or White) – Only £99

Matt Davies, UK & ROI CEO of Tesco, said:

“We’re doing all we can to take the hard work out of Christmas and help our customers get everything they need in one place.

“We’re already offering customers market leading prices on the most loved toys this Christmas, and now we’re launching our best ever Black Friday event, providing customers with more time than ever before to take advantage of some great deals.”

He adds:

“Christmas is an extremely busy time for customers, but with more products now on sale for a longer period, we’re hoping to take the stress out of Christmas shopping for our customers.”

This year’s event started at 9 am on Monday 21 November on the Tesco Direct website. Instore deals will be available from 5 am on Friday 25 November in the majority of Tesco Extra stores. 24 hour Extra stores will close from midnight on Thursday 24 November until 5am on Friday 25 November to prepare for the event.

*Subject to stock availability

Notes to editors

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701

Source: Tesco

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Tesco’s biggest ever Black Friday event: 11 days of amazing deals

Tesco’s biggest ever Black Friday event: 11 days of amazing deals
Tesco’s biggest ever Black Friday event: 11 days of amazing deals

 

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Nov-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Customers are set to benefit from Tesco’s biggest ever Black Friday event this year, with the retailer offering 11 days of amazing deals and savings up from four days last year.

  • 11 days of deals running from Monday 21 November to Thursday 1 December 2016
  • More stores taking part than ever before with over 700 stores offering Black Friday deals
  • Broader range of products on offer including electrical, toys and home with up to 50% off on selected items. This year 650 items will be on promotion during the Black Friday event up from 200 items last year
  • Tesco already offering market leading prices on the most loved toys this Christmas

The event will run on the Tesco Direct website from Monday 21st November to Thursday 1st December, while over 300 Tesco stores will be opening their doors to customers at 5am on Black Friday itself.

Last year’s event saw Tesco Direct receive seven orders per second with a total of 220,000 orders in the day. The bestselling ranges were TVs, tablets, gaming consoles and small domestic appliances. This year Tesco will be offering discounts on 650 products with up to 50% off on selected items.

Matt Davies, Tesco UK and ROI CEO said:

“We’re doing all we can to take the hard work out of Christmas and help our customers get everything they need in one place. We’re already offering customers market leading prices on the most loved toys this Christmas, and now we’re launching our best ever Black Friday event, providing customers with more time than ever before to take advantage of some great deals.

He adds:

“Christmas is an extremely busy time for customers, but with more products now on sale for a longer period, we’re hoping to take the stress out of Christmas shopping for our customers.”

This year’s event will start at 9 am on Monday 21 November on the Tesco Direct website and at 5 am on Friday 25 November in the majority of Tesco Extra stores. 24 hour Extra stores will close from midnight on Thursday 24 November until 5am on Friday 25 November to prepare for the event.

Notes to editors

Specific Black Friday deals will be announced on Monday 21st November and Friday 25th November.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701

Source: Tesco

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Tesco announces further reductions of sugar levels in its own brand soft drinks

Tesco announces further reductions of sugar levels in its own brand soft drinks
Tesco announces further reductions of sugar levels in its own brand soft drinks

 

Tesco reaches next reformulation milestone in bid to give customers healthier choices.

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its ongoing commitment to reduce the sugar, fat and salt content across all its own brands to help Britain’s shoppers make healthier choices, today (7 Nov 2016) Tesco has announced further reductions to sugar levels in its own brand soft drinks. The drinks will be available in Tesco stores from Friday, 11 November.

The move supports the increasingly recognised recommendation that sugars should make up no more than 5 per cent of people’s daily diet and halves the sugar content in some products including Tesco Cola.

Matt Davies, Tesco UK and ROI CEO said: “This is just one part of our plans to make the food on our shelves healthier by reducing levels of sugar, salt and fat in our own brands.

“We have worked to make sure our soft drinks still taste great, just with less sugar. Tesco customers are now consuming on average over 20 per cent less sugar from our soft drinks than in 2011.

“We’re hoping this initiative will help make it a little easier for our customers to live more healthily.”

Chris Askew, Diabetes UK CEO welcomed the move, saying: “Helping customers lead healthier lives by reducing sugar in its own brand soft drinks is a welcome move by Tesco. Similar action from other manufacturers and retailers to make products lower in sugar, saturated fat and salt is vital to tackle rising rates of obesity in the UK.

“Making the healthy choice the easy choice for all of us will help to tackle the rapidly rising number of people developing Type 2 diabetes.”

Tesco started reducing sugar in its soft drinks in 2011, and today the final 50 products in the 251-strong range have been reformulated to below 5 grams per 100ml. This work means the average Tesco customer is now consuming over 20 per cent less sugar from own brand soft drinks than they did in 2011.

In addition to its work on soft drinks, Tesco has also cut the salt, fat and sugar in over 4,200 of its own products since 2012 and has plans for reductions in a further 1,000 products each year for the next three years. For example, over 300 tonnes of saturated fat and 15 tonnes of salt have been removed from Tesco own brand butter and spreads. Over 65 tonnes of fat, 600 tonnes of sugar and 27 tonnes of salt have been removed from the Tesco own brand cooking sauces range.

Notes to Editors

  1. Further Tesco action on health:
  • In 2015 Tesco announced that all the children’s lunchbox-sized soft drinks it sells would have no added sugar in them.
  • In 2014 Tesco announced it would become the first major retailer to remove sweets and chocolates from its checkouts across all store formats, including smaller convenience stores.
  • Earlier this year Tesco introduced free fruit for kids in over 800 Tesco stores across the UK. This is aimed at promoting healthy eating habits among kids that will stay with them as they grow up, and to make it easier for children to get the fruit and vegetables they need.
  • So far over one million children have visited farms, factories and Tesco stores to learn about where their food comes from and how to eat more healthily through Tesco’s Eat Happy project.
  1. Tesco is part of a long-term national partnership with Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation focused on improving the nation’s health.
  1. The SACN (Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition) report published in July 2015 included a recommendation that “the average population intake of free sugars should account for no more than 5% daily dietary energy intake”.
  2. Regular Tesco Cola previously contained 9.7g of sugar per 100ml and now contains 4.8g of sugar per 100ml. All products now contain less than 5g of sugar per 100ml.

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701.

Source: Tesco

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Tesco to launch a price-checking initiative on hundreds of the UK’s most loved toys

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco is set to become the UK’s top destination for toys and games this Christmas as it looks to take the stress out of Christmas shopping for customers.

The retailer will today (20 Oct 2016) launch a price-checking initiative on hundreds of the UK’s most loved toys, to ensure customers can get everything they need under one roof this festive season.

The initiative, which will price-check against Argos on a regular basis, means customers will benefit from market-leading prices both in store and online.

Matt Davies, Tesco UK and ROI CEO said:

“We’ve done a lot already to serve our shoppers better, but we’re always looking to do more. We want to take the hard work out of Christmas shopping and help our customers get everything they need under one roof. That’s why we’re price checking against Argos on over 8,000 products including the most loved toys.”

To highlight Tesco’s fantastic range of toys, Tesco has launched a new ‘Toy Tester’ TV advert which sees an elite team of young toy testers putting their most loved toys through their paces.

Tesco’s top 10 toys for Christmas will also be covered in the scheme including the popular Hatchimals, Nerf Nstrike Hyperfire and Vtech Magical Unicorn.

Tesco has also created a free, bespoke 123 page toy catalogue which contains a number of fun activities to help kids create their Christmas wish lists. The catalogue is available now in nearly 900 stores across the UK and will be sent out to families up and down the country.

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701  

Source: Tesco

Tesco customers can now use Sainsbury’s Brand Match in Tesco stores

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Apr-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — From today (Monday 11 April) customers shopping in Tesco stores will be able to use Sainsbury’s Brand Match coupons to get money off their Tesco shopping.

Last week, Sainsbury’s announced that it would end the scheme and would no longer offer customers any guarantee around the price they charge.

Today’s announcement from Tesco means that customers will be able to use their Sainsbury’s Brand Match coupons at Tesco until June.

In October last year Tesco launched its own brand-matching scheme, called Brand Guarantee, that offers an immediate price match at tills without the need for paper coupons. Brand Guarantee ensures that customers will never pay more for their branded shop when they buy ten or more different products, compared with Asda, Morrisons or Sainsbury’s.

Matt Davies, Tesco UK and ROI CEO said:

“This is a little help for Sainsbury’s customers from us at Tesco.  It also provides the opportunity for Sainsbury’s customers to experience Tesco’s Brand Guarantee, which we launched in October, and has been universally welcomed by our customers.”

Tesco has also invested in bringing down the price of leading brands and has introduced simple, more affordable prices on many of the everyday, own label products customers rely on. The company also recently launched an exclusive range of seven new brands offering customers a wide variety of great quality fresh food and outstanding value, along with improvements in its core meat, fruit and vegetable lines.

Notes to editors:

  • Brand Match coupons will be accepted instore at Tesco Extra, Superstore and Metro stores.
  • Some product exclusions apply, including, general merchandise, fuel, lottery, tobacco or tobacco-related products, infant formula, café, pharmacy, gift cards, saving stamps, E-top-ups, stamps, opticians, travel money, Tesco Bank, Tesco Direct, Tesco Wine by the Case, Tesco Clothing (including F&F).
  • Limit of one Brand Match coupon per customer per transaction.
  • Tesco reserves the right to refuse Brand Match coupons if it suspects fraud, misuse or conduct contrary to the spirit of this offer.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701

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Source: Tesco PLC

Tesco to take hourly rate of pay for all established colleagues to £7.62 per hour

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Feb-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has announced a pay increase of up to 3.1% for colleagues working in its stores across the UK, taking the hourly rate of pay for all established colleagues to £7.62 per hour.

The two year deal includes an increase in the base rate of pay for all store colleagues and will mean established colleagues will receive significantly more than the Government’s new National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour.

The increase will see Tesco colleagues continue to benefit from one of the highest pay and benefits packages in retail, which includes pension, colleague discount and a 5% turnaround bonus. The pay increase will come into effect on 3 July 2016 and will apply to colleagues of all ages.

Tesco worked with union, Usdaw and colleague representatives to agree the deal.

As part of the package, Tesco has also introduced a simpler and fairer approach to premium payments. All colleagues will receive time and a half for Sunday and bank holiday shifts from July this year.

Any colleagues negatively impacted by the changes will be supported with a lump sum transition payment worth 18 months of the difference in pay.

Matt Davies, Tesco UK and ROI CEO said:

“We’ve spent a lot of time working with Usdaw and colleague representatives to understand what’s important to colleagues. Together, we’ve agreed one of the highest pay and benefits packages in retail for store colleagues, and introduced a simpler and fairer pay structure, including one approach to premium payments.

“As well as an increase in pay which puts our hourly rate well above the Government’s National Living Wage, we remain absolutely committed to rewarding our colleagues with a pay and benefits package they really value, including a pension, colleague discount and 5% turnaround bonus.

“I’d like to thank colleagues for their customer focus, passion and hard work in serving our customers a little better every day.”

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701
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Tesco the first UK supermarket to guarantee customers they will never pay more for their branded shop compared with other leading supermarkets

  • Research reveals UK shoppers could be missing out on hundreds of millions of pounds in annual savings

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today become the first UK supermarket to offer an immediate price match at tills, guaranteeing to customers they will never pay more for their branded shop compared with other leading supermarkets. Tesco’s Brand Guarantee, which removes the hassle and inconvenience of price match vouchers, is a direct result of feedback as Tesco seeks to make the shopping trip easier for customers.

The new Brand Guarantee compares the overall cost of a customer’s branded grocery shop against what it would have cost at Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s. If the shop would have been cheaper elsewhere, customers will automatically get the difference deducted off their bill immediately, both in store and online*. Crucially, the scheme will also price match against promotions at Tesco’s main competitors.

The move by Tesco comes as new research revealed the extent to which price match vouchers – offered by some of the UK’s supermarkets – were failing to meet customers’ needs, with UK customers potentially missing out on hundreds of millions of pounds in savings each year.

According to the research, which explored the views of shoppers from across the supermarket spectrum, over a third (35%) of Britain’s supermarket shoppers have never used a price matching scheme in-store, rising to a staggering 80% online.

The research also showed:

  • Almost half (48%) of supermarket shoppers cited the main reason for this as the fact they forget to use the vouchers
  • While 16% of shoppers said they lose vouchers before they can claim their savings

Brand Guarantee is the latest step in Tesco’s drive to help customers. The retailer has already invested in bringing down the price of leading brands and has introduced simple, more affordable prices on many of the everyday, own label products customers rely on.

Matt Davies, Tesco UK and Ireland CEO said:

“Shoppers tell us price matching vouchers are a pain and don’t really help them. We all know it can be stressful and awkward when you have to rummage through your wallet to find a price match voucher.

“That’s why we’re ensuring that with Brand Guarantee customers will never lose out on their branded shop by getting money off their bill at the till.

“We’re working hard to make the shopping trip that little bit easier for customers, with simple, affordable prices you can trust. Brand Guarantee is one more way we are taking the hassle out of a trip to the supermarket or an online shop.”

The initiative has already been trialled in Northern Ireland over the last few weeks, with overwhelmingly positive feedback from both colleagues and customers.

Sarah Willingham, Personal Finance expert said:

“Price matching has become far too complicated for shoppers. What they want is simplicity. We’ve all been there – you rush out of the house to do your shopping, you’re trying to remember your bags, your list, find your car keys. You get to the supermarket checkout only to realise you’ve left your voucher on the kitchen table. Worse still, you find a voucher in your wallet only to find it has expired and you’ve lost out. Instant money off at the checkout means no more hassle and a win for shoppers. Anything that adds value to the consumer with no extra effort required is a great thing.”

ENDS 

 

Notes to editors

  • All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 2,101 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 5th – 6th October 2015.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+)
  • All calculations were made by Tesco, using ONS data and statistics from the YouGov research
  • To qualify for Brand Guarantee, customers must purchase a basket containing a minimum of 10 different products, and at least one comparable branded product
  • Brand Guarantee is available in all of Tesco’s larger stores and online.
  • Brand Guarantee does not apply in ROI
  • *Online customers will receive money off their bill at point of delivery

For further information please contact Matt Francis in the Tesco press office on 07702143959 or matt.p.francis@uk.tesco.com

SOURCE: Tesco PLC