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Lamb lasts longer and reduces food waste in new Tesco packaging

Phil Spenceley

Category Buying Manager - Red Meat
Welwyn Garden City

28 May 2017

Changing our packaging to vacuum packs keeps meat fresher for longer and has reduced lamb food waste by 66%.

Saving meat

YOUR GOAL IN BRINGING FRESHER MEAT TO CUSTOMERS AND PREVENTING FOOD WASTE.

Lamb lasts longer

The vacuum pack EXPLAIN THE SCIENCE

Saving food with new packaging

Packaging developments to support food waste reduction is a key part of our commitment to halve food waste by 2030. We’re working with suppliers on trials to innovate how our produce is packaged. With our ‘eat fresh, keep fresh’ chicken fillet packaging, the fillets come in a packet that has a separate compartment for each chicken breast, with a tear seal between the two. This means customers can eat one and keep the other which we hope will help them to reduce food waste at home. Also we’re trialling new punnets that extend the shelf life of mushrooms.

No time for waste

Little changes like this are part of our ongoing work to tackle food waste wherever it occurs – from farm to fork. Tesco believes that no food that could be eaten should be wasted. That’s why we’ve committed that no food that is safe for human consumption will go to waste from Tesco UK Retail operations by the end of 2017.

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