Tesco Ireland Welcomes Food Waste Action Group For Irish Retail
Tesco Ireland has welcomed the launch of a Food Waste Action Group by the minister for communications, climate action and environment, Denis Naughten.
The new action group, launched on 9 March 2017, is an initiative meant to help Irish retailers achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, which include cutting down food waste, in retail and across production and supply chains, by up to 50%. Eamonn Quinn has been appointed as the group's chairperson.
Commenting on her commitment to play an active role in the new action group, Tesco director of corporate affairs, Christine Heffernan, said,
“While we may be one of the more efficient retailers when it comes to waste, we want to do more. We were the first retailer to support FoodCloud and in the last two years we have donated 2.8 million meals to community groups across Ireland. At Tesco, no food goes to landfill.”
FoodCloud is a social enterprise, established in 2013 to coordinate the supply and demand of surplus food. It operates a food bank and organises storage and deliveries.
Other efforts by Tesco include the crowd-funding initiative BackIt, to support innovative food waste ideas, announced last December.
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