Tesco And Branston Tackle Supply Chain Potato Waste

branston_13oct16_005_small_754_500_assetsimagestemplatesframe-large-mask-png_0_0_100_l_t_0_0Tesco has brought together two of its suppliers to prevent wasting “visually imperfect” potatoes, as part of its work to reduce food waste and tackle food poverty.

The partnership with potato supplier Branston will see its new £5m prepared foods facility extension (pictured) peel “visually imperfect” but entirely edible potatoes, which are then supplied to Samworth Brothers, a convenience food producer which produces a range of Tesco’s ready meals.

Tesco’s Commercial Director for Fresh Food Matt Simister said, “Our long history of partnering with Branston has helped to provide the confidence potato growers and the whole potato industry need to invest and innovate for the future.

“This new partnership between Branston and Samworth and new facility means that in addition to our Farms Brands and Perfectly Imperfect ranges, we will be able to use up to 95% of our growers’ crops and save edible produce from being wasted.”

“With thousands of people across the UK having to use food banks every day, at Tesco we are constantly looking for new ways to reduce food waste with everything we grow and sell.

“This new partnership between Branston and Samworth and new facility means that in addition to our Farms Brands and Perfectly Imperfect ranges, we will be able to use up to 95% of our growers’ crops and save edible produce from being wasted.”

Branston produces around 3,500 tonnes of potatoes each week for sale in Tesco stores across the UK. The prepared foods factory expansion includes the introduction of two new batch peeling lines, making it one of the largest peeling and processing facilities in the UK.

Branston’s MD James Truscott said, “Our relationship with Tesco is hugely important to the business and its commitment to reducing waste is a shared goal. This exciting new development enables us to play our part, whilst improving quality and freshness for customers.”


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