Tesco has confirmed it has surpassed its target to ensure 85 per cent of its surplus food is redistributed, revealing that it donated millions of meals to community groups last year.

The supermarket announced yesterday that 88 per cent of surplus food across its UK business was redistributed during 2022/23, primarily through its long-running partnerships with FareShare and Olio.

FareShare supported nearly 8,500 community groups and charities with surplus food from Tesco’s network of stores and distribution centres, with the supermarket donating more than 25 million meals via the charity last year.

Similarly, Tesco’s partnership with food sharing app Olio resulted in more than 20 million meals worth of surplus food that could not be used by charities in Fareshare’s network being made available free of charge through Olio’s Food Waste Heroes service.

Tesco said its surplus food distribution efforts were part of its wider work to tackle food waste,

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