Tesco CEO Dave Lewis urged collaboration in tackling food waste right across the supply chain at the Global Summit of the Consumer Goods Forum

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — In a keynote speech at the Global Summit of the Consumer Goods Forum in Cape Town today Tesco CEO Dave Lewis encouraged business to do more to tackle food waste, and called on the wider industry to publish their food waste data in order to make meaningful progress.

Appealing for action across the food industry, Dave Lewis urged collaboration in tackling food waste right across the supply chain – in farms, distribution, in supermarket operations, and in customer’s own homes.

A key part of this agenda is transparency. Tesco has published data on food waste in its own operations since 2013, and the approach has proved instrumental in helping identify hotspots in order to tackle root causes.

Dave Lewis said:

“When I arrived at Tesco we were the only UK retail company to publish our food waste data.

“What the data shows is that it’s clear where we need to focus our efforts…nearly three years after we announced it, we are still the only UK retailer publishing our data.”

He called on companies, in the short term, to do more to redistribute their surplus edible food waste to people in need.

Earlier this year, Tesco pledged its commitment to redistribute all of their edible food waste from stores to charities by the end of 2017.

He told the audience:

“Tackling #foodwaste makes sense for business, it will help people and our planet, and it’s also the right thing to do.”

Some of the actions Dave Lewis called for include:

  • Cutting time out of the supply chain to provide customers with fresher produce that lasts longer;
  • Widening specifications to take much more of the crop, maximising the amount of fresh produce Tesco can sell in stores. A new range of ‘wonky’ fruit and vegetables, called ‘Perfectly Imperfect’, was launched by Tesco in February;
  • Publishing data on food waste to identify hotspots and tackle problems;
  • Redistributing edible food to people in need, with a commitment to give away all surplus edible food waste from Tesco stores to charity by the end of 2017; and
  • Introducing simpler to understand date coding, and ending ‘buy one, get one free’ offers on fruit and vegetables.

In his speech, Dave Lewis highlighted the fact that:

  • A third of the world’s food is wasted – 1.3 billion tonnes;
  • Almost a billion people – one in nine globally – go to sleep hungry;
  • Food loss and waste costs the world  $940 billion per year in unnecessary costs;
  • The healthiest food is often the most wasted – in the UK around 800,000 tonnes of fresh veg and salads are wasted annually; and
  • More than 13 billion ‘5 a day’ portions of fruit and vegetables were thrown away in 2012, enough to provide more than 7 million people with their ‘5 a day’ for a year.

To support delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Dave Lewis is the Chairman of “Champions 12.3”, a coalition of leaders from government, businesses, international organisations, research institutions, and civil society which will work to create political, business and social momentum to halve food loss and waste around the world by 2030. It aims to inspire action by leading by example, motivating others to reduce food waste and communicating the importance of food loss and waste reduction.

Notes to editors

  • Also speaking at the event were Zelda La Grange, former private secretary for Nelson Mandela and Sir Martin Sorrell, founder and CEO WPP.
  • More information about Champions 12.3 can be found here: www.champions123.org
  • More information about The Consumer Goods Forum can be found here: www.tcgfsummit.com

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Tesco CEO Dave Lewis urged collaboration in tackling food waste right across the supply chain at the Global Summit of the Consumer Goods Forum

Tesco CEO Dave Lewis urged collaboration in tackling food waste right across the supply chain at the Global Summit of the Consumer Goods Forum

Carrefour wins the 2014 Anti-Gaspi Prize in the “Distribution” category for its efforts in tackling food waste

On 16 October 2014, Noël Prioux, Executive Director of Carrefour France, was presented with the 2014 “Anti-Gaspi” prize by Stéphane Le Foll, France’s Minister for Food, Agriculture and Forestry Affairs. This prize, awarded on the second national anti-food waste day, is recognition of Carrefour’s efforts.

PARIS, 2014-10-16— /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour won the 2014 Anti-Gaspi Prize in the “Distribution” category. The award was presented to the retailer in recognition of all of its efforts in tackling food waste. The prize, given as part of the Pacte National de Lutte contre le Gaspillage Alimentaire (national pact to combat food waste), which was introduced in 2013 and of which Carrefour is a signatory, was presented by a jury made up of a number of economic stakeholders, including the ANIA (France’s national association of food industries) and the ADEME (France’s environment and energy management agency).

This prize is recognition of the initiatives that form part of the retailer’s anti-food waste plan:

Anti-waste experts
A team of 16 anti-waste experts combs through Carrefour’s hypermarkets and supermarkets, looking for areas in which improvements might be made and providing employees with the support they need in order to introduce them. And thanks to these initiatives and good practices, these experts helped reduce food waste by more than 10% in Carrefour’s stores over a 12-month period.

Food aid donations to associations
All of Carrefour’s consolidated stores have entered into a formal relationship with one or several local associations so that collections can be made every morning. In 2013, the retailer donated the equivalent of 68 million meals to food aid organisations and welfare groceries, including the Restos du Cœur, the Secours Populaire, the Red Cross and the Food Banks – to which Carrefour is the biggest private donor.

And the Carrefour Foundation provides these associations with support, particularly in terms of logistics, giving them the equipment they need for transporting and storing foodstuffs – 160 refrigerated vehicles were financed, together with 30 cold rooms in 2013.

Customer awareness-raising
Carrefour has set up a special website all about combating food waste in order to raise its customers’ awareness as well. The site offers a number of anti-waste tips, including recipes “for reusing leftovers so nothing gets thrown away”, and a great deal of advice for getting into the right habits at home and while out shopping at Carrefour.