British consumers may be unaware of the amount of food they throw away each year but Tesco can no longer bask in such blissful ignorance. According to the national supermarket chain’s latest annual report, it could be wasting more food than ever.
Figures released in Tesco’s April report showed that despite introducing measures to combat food waste, the supermarket threw away 59,400 tonnes of food in 2015/16—a figure up 4 percent on last year.
On the basis that an average meal weighs 0.5 kilograms, that’s equivalent to 119 million meals.
Despite the damning figures, Tesco CEO Dave Lewis was a keynote speaker at this year’s Global Summit of the Consumer Goods Forum in Cape Town and spoke earlier this week on tackling food waste in the food sector.
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