Tesco and Yeo Valley have joined forces to create a delicious new yogurt variety to help tackle food waste and support food redistribution charity, FareShare. This is the latest move by the retailer in its bid to reduce food waste from farm to fork. Tesco has partnered with leading organic dairy, Yeo Valley, and Adam Wakeley, the UK's largest organic fruit grower to create an exclusive new Apple and Custard Left-Yeovers yogurt which helps to tackle food waste.
The yogurt uses visually imperfect, but great tasting apples, to create the delicious and exciting seasonal flavour. The Left-Yeovers range, which has been championed by Tesco in recent months, helps to prevent food waste by using surplus fruit from the Yeo Valley storerooms, and also raises money for a very important cause, with 10p from every pot sold donated to food redistribution charity, FareShare.
It is hoped up to £7,000 will be raised to help with the redistribution of fresh, quality, surplus food to charities and community groups across the UK, which is then transformed into nutritious meals for vulnerable people. Previous Left-Yeovers flavours have included Strawberry & Fig, Plum & Custard and Banoffee, and raised £20,000 for FareShare so far. Tesco's Commercial Director for Fresh Food Matt Simister said:
“Left-Yeovers is a great tasting yogurt with a clear mission – to help tackle food waste by using the whole of our growers' organic crop. This project is a brilliant example of how we and our producers are taking a creative approach to reducing food waste, at every step of the journey of our food.”
Adrian Carne Joint Managing Director of Yeo Valley said: “Our Apples and Custard yogurt is made with organic Santana fruit grown in Gloucester. The juicy apples are blended with a creamy custard yogurt made in our Somerset dairy. Made with quality produce, this will be a real treat for customers and through this fantastic partnership with Tesco, it will also help people in their community.”
Four years ago Tesco pledged to help reduce food waste right across the food chain and has set a target of insuring no food safe for human consumption goes to waste inside its UK operations by the end of 2017.
The new collaboration between Tesco, Yeo Valley and Adam Wakeley builds on the success of a similar initiative it developed with their ready meals and potato producers, which turns misshapen potatoes which would otherwise have gone to waste, into mashed potato for ready meals.