Tesco Ireland has partnered up with Bia Food Initiative (BiaFi), to support the development of a food redistribution centre – the first large-scale operation in Ireland.
The supermarket chain already has a national partnership with Food Cloud, who resdistributes all surplus food from stores and aims to combat food waste.
The new centre is to be based in Little Island, Co. Cork.
Tesco is the first retailer in Ireland to partner with BiaFi – the first charity of its kind that facilitates large-scale redistribution of surplus food from businesses to those who need it.
The company is said to be providing the charity with operational expertise as well as financial support, so that BiaFi can operate its distribution systems safely and efficiently.
“Tesco is committed to reducing food waste in Ireland” said Ciaran Foley, Retail Support Director, Tesco Ireland.
“We are delighted that through our partnership with Bia Food Initiative we will be able to donate any food surplus generated from our depots to charity. Our strategic partnerships with BiaFi and also FoodCloud use two simple but innovative initiatives to help us, not only reduce food waste in Ireland but also to make a major contribution to the communities in which we operate”.
Eoin McCuirc, Director of the Bia Food Initiative said: “Using a state-of-the-art food inventory system, which will ensure full traceability and compliance with all national food standards, charities will be able to select and order from the stocks of donated food on an as-needed basis, ensuring the best possible use of the donated food stocks”.
The company expects to redistribute up to 3,000 tonnes of surplus food annually to charities in Munster – here’s hoping that all of Ireland gets involved.
BiaFi is today calling on people who would like to donate or receive surplus food to contact them through their website: www.biafoodbank.ie
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