Tesco to offer unsold food to British charities

Published 05.06.2015 00:28

Britain's biggest supermarket chain Tesco is to introduce a pilot scheme at 10 of its U.K. stores to give away each day's unsold food to charities such as women's refuge centres and children's breakfast clubs. Tesco said around 30,000 tons of perishable food such as bread, fruit, vegetables and sandwiches had been thrown away at its stores and distribution centres over the past year. British rivals Sainsbury's and Morrisons already run similar schemes. Sainsbury's has a network of over 300 stores connected to local charities making food collections. Last month France cracked down on food waste with legislation banning big supermarkets from destroying unsold but edible food, threatening fines and even jail sentences.

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