As part of an on-going campaign to reduce food waste, Tesco is set to introduce ‘Colleague Shops’ in all its UK stores.
Under the scheme, Tesco, which has two superstores and a number of ‘Extra’ stores across Colchester, are giving staff the opportunity to take food approaching its expiry date, to prevent good food from going to waste.
To ensure the food can be safely stored on its use by or best before date, dedicated storage areas and fridges will be set up in back-of-store areas. Staff will get the added bonus of helping to reduce food waste whilst getting a bargain!
The move is part of Tesco’s ongoing drive to ensure that no food safe for human consumption will go to waste in its UK retail operations by the end of 2017/18.
Colleague Shops will form an additional part of Tesco’s approach to managing food waste. This includes monitoring customer spending habits and reducing products in price as they reach their expiry.
If food cannot be sold, it’s offered to local charities and community food groups through Tesco’s surplus food redistribution initiative, Community Food Connection.
As charities don’t always need everything offered to them, any food left over will now be made available to colleagues.
Tesco’s Head of Food Waste Reduction, Mark Little said: “We want to do everything we can to make sure perfectly good food doesn’t go to waste. Our Colleague Shops are a win-win, providing an additional step to support our efforts to tackle food waste in our own operations, and offer colleagues an extra little help at the end of their shift.”
Colleague Shops will be introduced to Tesco stores by the end of February. The surplus food will initially be made available for 1p before becoming free of charge in a few months’ time.