Tesco says bog off to BOGOF
In these days of food banks and people scratting around in skips for dinner, today’s news that two thirds of Tesco food ends up in the bin is pretty galling.
According to a Tesco survey, 48% of bakery goods are dumped each day – that’s LOADS OF LOVELY CAKES – due to short display times. Two thirds of bagged salads go in the bin, too, as customers struggle to use buy one get one free deals. One in five bananas bites the dust. 24% of grapes go AWOL. Basically, the world is just a receptacle for unused Tesco items.
Tesco carried out the survey to gauge customer habits and try to minimise waste, and say they will be ending the cult of the BOGOF offer, due to the fact that the free one usually ends up in a landfill. They will also scrap large bags of salad (who needs them, anyway?) and will get rid of the confusing ‘display until’ stickers on fruit. Tesco have also vowed to give customers food storage tips, like how to use stale bread (fun!).
15 tonnes of food gets chucked every year in the UK, with households throwing away £700 into the bargain. Matt Simister from Tesco said:
‘Ending multi-buy promotions on large packs of bagged salads is one way we can help, but this is just the start and we’ll be reviewing what else we can do. We’re working with our suppliers to try to cut waste at all stages of the journey from farm to fork.’
(Here's another customer tip - get down to the bakery with a bin bag at 5pm and get yourself an armful cheap pies.)