Tesco has announced it will using waste bread to create new products as research shows bread products make up a third of UK food waste.
The supermarket will be using surplus baguettes and batons to make olive oil crostini and bread pudding, which will be sold in 24 selected stores. If successful and the products are rolled out it could cut by 40% waste from baguettes and batons – which are among the products that see the highest waste at the supermarket.
Gordon Gafa, bakery category director at Tesco, said: “We’ve very proud of our record on tackling bread waste and this latest move follows other recent measures such as advising customers that they can freeze bread and also reducing the amount of bread we bake in our stores.”
The charity WRAP estimated in 2015 that surplus bakery products account for nearly a third (67,500 tonnes) of the UK’s total retail food waste.
David Moon, head of business collaboration at WRAP, said: “Bread is also the second most wasted food in the home and every single day, as a nation, we waste one million loaves.”
According to food waste charity UKHarvest, the five most wasted food items in UK households are potatotes (5.8m whole potatoes per day), bread (24m slices), milk (5.8m glasses), bananas (1.4m) and salad (178m bags per year).
In June Tesco was among 100 UK food sector organisations that signed up to halve food waste by 2030.
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