Food Waste

At Tesco we have no time for waste.

We believe it’s simply not right that surplus good food should go to waste when there are people in our communities who need it. That’s why we’re on a journey to ensure that no food that is suitable for human consumption will be wasted at Tesco.

We want every colleague to play a role in helping to recruit causes and spreading the word.

The video above gives you examples of the causes that benefit from our surplus food donations.



Here in Ireland, we are initially placing the emphasis on getting our own house in order. We have put in place two initiatives that are putting us at the forefront of addressing this challenge.


We launched a ground-breaking partnership with FoodCloud in July 2014 that will see all edible surplus food from our stores redistributed to charities and community groups nationwide through the use of the innovative new FoodCloud app.

Our partnership with FoodCloud follows a successful pilot programme in 18 of our stores which ran from October 2013 to February 2014 and saw us donate almost 60,000 meals or 27 tonnes of food to 38 charities.


FoodCloud Infograph

Since then we’ve come a long, donating nearly 5 million meals to more than 300 local good causes right across Ireland.

While we’re so proud of the fantastic work our colleagues have done so far, there’s always more to do. If you know of any local good causes who could use surplus food donations to help their community email

FoodCloud Hubs

Working with FoodCloud Hubs, we’ve now got a farm-to-fork solution for surplus food in Ireland! FoodCloud has joined forces with Bia Food Initiative (a successful operator of three food redistribution hubs in Ireland) to increase the amount of surplus food redistributed in Ireland and to ensure maximum impact for charities.
Bia Food Initiative is now FoodCloud Hubs and through their three Hubs (Dublin, Cork, and Galway) we can now store large quantities of surplus food from producers, manufacturers, and wholesalers.
FoodCloud Hubs Process

The addition of FoodCloud Hubs expands the type of food available to charities. Bakery, fruit, vegetables, and meats are the more common foods received through FoodCloud. With FoodCloud Hubs, canned goods, frozen meats, chilled dairy, cereals, pantry basics (such as flour, salt, and sugar) and non-perishable items can now also be redistributed. Food items stored in FoodCloud Hubs are perfectly edible, but for a variety of reasons cannot be sold in-store e.g. incorrect or slightly damaged packaging, errors in orders, out of season goods, or large quantities of goods that are coming up to their use-by/sell-by date.

Charities can now avail of surplus food through FoodCloud in two ways;
FoodCloud’s app, charities can collect surplus fresh food directly from retailers using smart technology.
FoodCloud Hubs, charities can avail of surplus longer-lasting items and either collect them from a Hub or have them delivered by our Hubs team directly to their door.