Tesco will begin offering surplus food to its shop staff in an attempt to hit its zero waste target by March. The scheme, known as Colleague Shops, will allow staff to purchase any excess food if Tesco cannot find a suitable community group or charity who needs it. Charities will still be given priority access to any surplus, before offering any remaining food to staff in order to further reduce waste. Dedicated storage areas and fridges are being installed in back rooms, which will be used to store the food.
By addressing what to do with surplus food that is not needed by charities, Tesco aims to ensure no food goes to waste. What about the food it orders though? How tightly is this being measured and managed? And how much of the food sold is wasted? Is it also looking to curb excessive buying habits, and support its customers to reduce their own food waste?
Beyond this, will we see further commitments from Tesco to reduce plastic and packaging?