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Tesco Suppliers Meet FareShare

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24 May 2017

Tesco is one of FareShare’s important retail food partners. As part of their commitment to ensure that no food fit for human consumption goes to waste, Tesco are encouraging their suppliers to also tackle food waste in their own operation and to work with FareShare to ensure that when surplus food does occur, it is used to feed people in need.

In conjunction with the Tesco Supplier Network, FareShare hosted some of Tesco’s key suppliers who produce meat, bakery, chilled products as well as fruit and vegetables. The suppliers had the opportunity to learn about FareShare’s work, share best practise when it comes to reducing food waste in their supply chain, and to see FareShare’s operation first hand at a site visit to our South West Regional Centre based in Bristol.

“Ethically and environmentally we don’t want to be putting food to landfill. If we have surplus we want to be sure that we can do the best we can with it, rather than just see it go to waste for no value.” Dave Snook, Site Manager at Yeo Valley

The day was rounded off with a visit to a local frontline charity, The Wild Goose, who receive food from FareShare South West, to demonstrate how the food is used. The charity is a drop-in centre that provides free hot meals, shower facilities, clothing and toiletries for over 300 homeless and vulnerable people every day.

“It was a great day - very humbling to visit a charity and see the great work they are doing. These events are great to network and hopefully inspire others to get involved” Eva Wheeler, Head of Technical at Allied Bakeries

If you're a manufacturer, processor or packer and want to do the right thing with the food you can't sell as originally intended, please contact the FareShare Food Team at foodoffers@fareshare.org.uk