The UK’s largest supermarket chain, Tesco, has taken a positive measure towards curbing food waste and by announcing that it will make new products out of unsold bread from in-store bakeries. As part of the scheme, it will create its own olive crostini and bread pudding from leftover baguettes and batons that will go on sale in 24 Tesco stores across the UK.
Tesco’s current system to reduce waste includes discounting prices of fresh items at first and then giving them to food distribution charities or offered to staff for free in case they’re still left unsold. Baked goods are sent to be used as animal feed as a last resort. Estimates by Tesco show that if the new initiative is rolled out across the UK, it could lead to 50% reductions in annual fresh bread wastage.