The chief executive of Tesco, Dave Lewis, has called on the global food industry to be transparent and to publish their food waste data.
Speaking in New York as the Chairman of Champions 12.3, the Tesco boss called for action and announced that 27 of Tesco’s biggest suppliers will publish their food waste data for the first time.
He also revealed that ten of Tesco’s branded suppliers including Mars, Unilever, and General Mills, will commit to target, measure and act and publish their food waste data within the next 12 months.
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The chief executive said: “Every year, a third of the world’s food goes to waste. That’s the equivalent of 1.3 billion tonnes of food being thrown away and we think that’s simply not right. We hope every country, major city and company involved in the food supply chain publishes their own food waste data, so that together we can take targeted action to reduce waste.
“We believe that what gets measured gets managed. Ultimately, the only way to tackle food waste is to understand the challenge – to know where in the supply chain food is wasted.”
Tesco became the first UK retailer to publish the amount of food wasted in its operations in 2013 and is over 70% of the way towards its target of zero waste.