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New Statistics published by Tesco revealed that the company threw away tonnes of food last year - around 30,000 tonnes of which was perfectly edible.


I think this is a good thing and it's been a long time coming. I don't understand why this didn't happen sooner, or why other supermarkets don't do the same. Maybe this could be a step forward and others will follow.
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You guys spell tons funny.

I think it's good, but sort of like secondhand. "You're all too poor to eat it off our shelves, here's our leftovers". Still food either way though.
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That's been going on in the US for years.I use to volunteer on weekends at a local food pantry and would drive the truck to pickup products from all over the state.For some reason there was always just tons of custom bagels there.
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DanteVSTheWorld wrote:

Source - http://bit.ly/1cIz5Tl


New Statistics published by Tesco revealed that the company threw away tonnes of food last year - around 30,000 tonnes of which was perfectly edible.


I think this is a good thing and it's been a long time coming. I don't understand why this didn't happen sooner, or why other supermarkets don't do the same. Maybe this could be a step forward and others will follow.


It's been done before. I recall Marks & Spencers have been doing this for over two decades. This supermarket is late in this game.
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Did they throw edible food in the trash or left it up for donation for like local charities?
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They donate it to some charities.
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AiYumega wrote:

You guys spell tons funny.

I think it's good, but sort of like secondhand. "You're all too poor to eat it off our shelves, here's our leftovers". Still food either way though.


It's not actual leftover stuff though, it is just normal everyday food you'd go in and buy. Except later that same day, they throw it all the away.


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That's been going on in the US for years.I use to volunteer on weekends at a local food pantry and would drive the truck to pickup products from all over the state.For some reason there was always just tons of custom bagels there.


That's good and and it's the same here, the smaller places do help, it's just routine stuff. I just meant why don't bigger places do it, especially when...they're bigger? lol.
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pirththee wrote:

That's been going on in the US for years.I use to volunteer on weekends at a local food pantry and would drive the truck to pickup products from all over the state.For some reason there was always just tons of custom bagels there.


Yep, volunteered for ages to I was usually the one boxing the food for clients and sorting donations and inventory. Bagels and beads are a huge amount of donations, mostly the fancier,artisan breads. Cakes were very common too.
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The main reason why businesses don't give away left over food is because of legal reasons. If by any chance someone gets sick from eating the food, people will sue.

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their just now doing that wow at work we've been doing that for years. every morning they have a few carts fully of stuff to donate
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pirththee wrote:

That's been going on in the US for years.I use to volunteer on weekends at a local food pantry and would drive the truck to pickup products from all over the state.For some reason there was always just tons of custom bagels there.


"Food bank" charities are pretty common--
Not to mention, we have a surplus store that sells the natural/organic non-perishable castoff box/cans from Whole Foods on clearance, and it's one of the more popular street markets in town.

Every time some other country wants to picture the US as the country of "waste", it just shows up what we were doing right all along.
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The main reason why businesses don't give away left over food is because of legal reasons. If by any chance someone gets sick from eating the food, people will sue.

'merica.


Yep. Plus produce has looser laws but markets generally want to go as long as possible on them to make a sale, so it's the individual store supervisors making that decision. Our local owned market donates produce while still very fresh, the Albertsons waits until things are smart rotted and most gets thrown out.
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The main reason why businesses don't give away left over food is because of legal reasons. If by any chance someone gets sick from eating the food, people will sue.


Many groceries and restaurants have very stringent health regulations that if meat or produce is absolutely a day or two past a certain point of peak freshness, it's not allowed to be sold publicly--
This has started a lot of charity food-bank movements to rescue past-prime food, which is still perfectly acceptable for another week past regulations, and some stores even have a section to buy day-old produce at a clearance discount.
(That's how I get most of my vegetables, which are usually prohibitively overpriced on the fresh shelves, and we used to have a bakery-company clearance store that sold some of the bread as close to free as possible.)
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Tesco trying to improve their image and regain their lost market share really, but it is a good thing so hopefully it will catch on. I used to work in a supermarket and it was disgusting the amount of food that was thrown out each day. Can't believe it has taken this long to get their really.
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FlyinDumpling wrote:

The main reason why businesses don't give away left over food is because of legal reasons. If by any chance someone gets sick from eating the food, people will sue.


Many groceries and restaurants have very stringent health regulations that if meat or produce is absolutely a day or two past a certain point of peak freshness, it's not allowed to be sold publicly--
This has started a lot of charity food-bank movements to rescue past-prime food, which is still perfectly acceptable for another week past regulations, and some stores even have a section to buy day-old produce at a clearance discount.
(That's how I get most of my vegetables, which are usually prohibitively overpriced on the fresh shelves, and we used to have a bakery-company clearance store that sold some of the bread as close to free as possible.)
Yeah, I remember during the hurricane sandy there was a black out, the butcher shop was literally throwing all their meat away. So much meat...
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