Tesco says it has an ambition 'to ensure that no food safe for human consumption' goes to waste, and therefore as set up another distribution route: it will sell food that has reached it use-by or best before date to its employees for a penny. In a few months' time, the food will be given away free.
The 'Colleague Shops' – dedicated storage areas and fridges – will be set up in the back rooms of Tesco shops from the end of February. They will be stocked with food that has not been sold from the reduced shelves in the supermarket, nor accepted by local charities and groups via Community Food Connection – Tesco's food redistribution scheme.
"We want to do everything we can to make sure perfectly good food doesn't go to waste," says Tesco's Head of Food Waste Reduction Mark Little.
"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."