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Tesco Debuts Diverse Skin Tone Bandages


UK based retailer Tesco has expanded its range of private brand bandages(plasters) which includes light, medium and dark skin tones bandages designed to better represent its shoppers. The new range as developed after a Tesco employee spotted a tweet by Dominique Apollon concerning the color of \’skin tone\’ plasters (bandages) which was later retweeted more than 100,000 times.

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The new product development was supported by the \’BAME at Tesco\’ employee resource group, which aims to make a positive impact on colleagues and customers by raising awareness of diversity, culture, and inclusion at Tesco.

Speaking about the new products, Nicola Robinson, health, beauty, and wellness director at Tesco said: “Our customers are at the heart of everything we do and we continually review our products and services to best meet their needs.


\”As one of the largest retailers in the UK, we also understand that we have a responsibility to ensure our products reflect the diversity of our customers and colleagues. We believe the launch of our new skin tone plaster range is an important step and a move that we hope will be replicated by other retailers and supermarkets across the country.”

Paulette Balson, chair of the BAME at Tesco network commented: “One of the main objectives of our network is to help Tesco better serve our customers from all backgrounds and communities. No UK supermarket had ever stocked plasters in a range of skin tones before and we saw this as an opportunity for Tesco to lead the charge and make a genuine difference.

\”Through our research within the network, we know how emotive a product like this can be. For example, one colleague reported that their child had felt self-conscious wearing a plaster on their face to school recently because it didn’t match their skin tone and stood out.”


Tesco Wins Veganuary

According to Tesco, Brits created all-time record demand for plant-based wraps and sandwiches during Veganuary last month.

During the month-long event – which sees people pledging to eat only vegan food – demand for plant-based wraps and sandwiches at the supermarket soared by nearly 75% against the previous Veganuary.

The most popular was a Falafel and Humous wrap which is part of Tesco’s Plant Chef, private brand.

And demand for plant-based sandwiches bought as part of a meal deal including a snack and a drink were even more popular with sales up by 130% compared with Veganuary 2019.

Tesco Food To Go buying manager Cate May said: “Thanks to some great recent quality innovation in vegan wraps and sandwiches we are now seeing the emergence of a dedicated lunchtime plant-based shopper.

“Demand for plant-based wraps and sandwiches grew steadily throughout last year but absolutely rocketed during Veganuary.

“Until now most of the noise for vegan food – quite understandably – has been for meat-free alternatives to classics like burgers, sausages, and steaks.

“This year however, I think that with veganism and flexitarian diets becoming so popular, that it will have a major impact on the take-away lunchtime market and choices available”

Another top seller during Veganuary have recently launched Frozen 6 Herby Bangers in seasoned soya and blended with rosemary and onion – part of Tesco’s own brand Plant Chef range.

Other popular plant-based foods during last month at Tesco included Wicked Kitchen Mushroom Bolognese, Wicked Kitchen Cheeky Tikka, King Oyster mushrooms, Plant Chef Meat-Free Burgers, vegan haggis and tofu, falafel and plant-based meatball products in general.

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Tesco launches UK’s first ever plant-based condiments

Tesco’s Director of Plant-based Innovation Derek Sarno

Rocketing demand for vegan sauces has prompted Tesco to launch the UK’s first-ever plant-based condiment range and of course its private brand.

With sales of plant-based food soaring by 37% in the last year (IRI data Nov 2019) there has been a growing demand for sauces to complement the biggest culinary trend of the last decade.

Among the most popular plant-based sauces at Tesco in the last year have been Hellman’s Vegan Mayo – with a growth of nearly 400%; Tabasco Mild Green Pepper sauce – up by nearly 300% and Sriracha sauces – up by 50%.

The new sauces are part of the Wicked Kitchen Tesco sub-brand. They are as follows:

  • Wicked Dreamy Beetroot Dressing – Thai inspired with coconut and lime
  • Wicked Mazin’ Mango Sauce – Sweet & fruity with turmeric root, squeeze of lime and a chili kick
  • Wicked Hella’ Horseradish and Mustard Sauce – Punchy mustard with a hint of turmeric
  • Wicked Sriracha Sauce – With fiery birds eye chilies, garlic and a touch of sweetness
  • Wicked Sticky Teriyaki Sauce – Savoury, sticky & sweet soy ginger BBQ sauce

Wicked Asian Style BBQ Sauce – with an Oriental ginger and five-spice kick

Tesco’s Director of Plant-based Innovation Derek Sarno who created the Wicked Kitchen range said:

“Plant-based/Vegan food is the biggest culinary movement this century and finding a good choice of complimentary sauces as part of a high street shop has not been that easy. 

“Now we’ve helped the growing need of plant-based food shoppers and those looking to reduce eating animals by creating an easy to use ‘kitchen toolbox’ of a recognizable range of unique, vegan amazing sauces.

“They will add that element of wicked excitement for all food-lovers looking to liven up their home-cooked dishes and help make choosing to eat more plant-based easier than ever!”

The range is part of a wider plant-based food launch this month which will see 30 more products such as wraps, sandwiches, seasonings, dressings, hitting Tesco shelves across the UK.

Since launching its own plant-based brand, Plant Chef, a few months ago Tesco has seen demand for vegan foods in general soar by 40 per cent.

Dominika Piasecka, spokeswoman for The Vegan Society, said:

“Tesco was among the first supermarkets to launch a ready-made vegan lunch range and is now leading the way in terms of vegan condiments, a sector neglected by other retailers.

“Being huge fans of Derek Sarno’s Wicked Kitchen vegan range, we have high expectations for these products and are pleased to see them priced the same as their non-vegan counterparts.”

The sauces will cost £1.75 each with the exception of Wicked Kitchen Dreamy Beet Root Dressing which costs £1.50. They will be available in up to 800 stores across the UK.

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Tesco And WWF To Map Environmental Impact Of Food

\"\"The environmental impact of some of the UK’s most popular foods will be measured and, for the first time, tracked following the launch of the Tesco and WWF Sustainable Basket Metric.

The Metric will track the environmental impact of a sample of some of the most regularly purchased foods against key sustainability criteria, including climate change, deforestation and food, and packaging waste. Tesco and WWF will run a first full assessment against the metric in early 2020 and publish the results. They will also then be able to confirm a date by which they believe the target of halving the impact of the average UK shopping basket can be reached, with 2030 a potential ambition.

The two organizations, which launched a ground-breaking partnership last year, are working together on a number of sustainability projects which will contribute to their aim, including soil health and water usage programs in UK agriculture, and working towards the production of zero-deforestation commodities such as soy in Tesco’s supply chains.

The twenty products which will include more than a dozen private brand items have been selected due to their popularity with customers and the different impacts each product has on the environment. The basket includes household staples such as bread, milk, meat, fish, and fruit and vegetables.


Tesco Group CEO, Dave Lewis said: “At Tesco we want to provide customers with good quality, affordable food that is produced in a sustainable way. To help us achieve this we’ve partnered with WWF with the goal of halving the environmental impact of the average UK shopping basket.

“Throughout our partnership, we’ll be carrying out industry-leading work to make food production more sustainable, including sourcing commodities like soy and palm oil from verified zero-deforestation areas, and improving soil health and water usage on farms in the UK. Working together we can help to ensure the natural environment is protected for future generations.”

WWF UK CEO, Tanya Steele said: “Food production is at the core of many of the environmental crises facing our planet – it’s the leading cause of tropical deforestation and is responsible for 24% of the world’s greenhouse gases. The launch of the Sustainable Basket Metric will enable Tesco to fully understand the end-to-end sustainability impact of some of the most popular foods, and we’re proud to have worked with them to create it. We want other retailers to take a similar approach and come together to ensure a more sustainable approach to food production.”

Tesco has committed to updating on its progress towards its aim of a 50% reduction in the environmental impact of the average UK shopping basket in its annual Little Helps Plan report.

How the basket metric works:

Each product’s impact will be tracked against a number of relevant environmental criteria. The seven criteria have been selected due to their scope and global impact; their irreversibility and urgency; and their direct impact on issues such as climate change.

While all seven criteria are critical to making the average UK shopping basket more sustainable, some have a greater environmental impact than others, so they have been weighted accordingly.

  1. Climate change (25%)
  2. Deforestation (20%)
  3. Sustainable diets (15%)
  4. Sustainable agriculture (12%)
  5. Marine sustainability (10%)
  6. Food waste (10%)
  7. Packaging waste (8%)

Each criterion will include a number of sub-metrics. For instance, Sustainable Agriculture will include the following:

  • % of farmers taking robust action to improve soil health (e.g. cover crops, low impact tillage;
  • % of farmers who are taking robust action to increase biodiversity and pollinators (e.g. wildflowers, hedgerows, Integrated Pest Management);
  • % of fresh produce from regions with sustainable water management;
  • % of key sourcing regions with clear plan to address agri-plastic pollution.

For each of the metrics, we will establish both a baseline e.g. for 2018, the year of the partnership launch, and a long-term target. In some cases, targets have already been set e.g. food waste, carbon reduction, packaging. Progress towards meeting each target will be multiplied by a percentage weighting. For example:

  • One of the basket metrics is as follows: % of South American soy from verified zero-deforestation areas.
  • The metric currently has a weighting of 12%.
  • When we achieve our target that 100% of South American soy is from deforestation-free areas, we would therefore be 12% of the way towards halving the environmental impact of the average basket.

The sum of all the metrics will indicate our overall progress towards halving the environmental impact at any given moment in time.

Tesco plans to use the Sustainable Basket Metric across more of its products, with the criteria applicable to a wide range of products not included in the basket. For example, the criteria related to lettuce, such as sustainable agriculture and food waste – and any work to tackle them, will also relate to other similar vegetables such as spinach, chard and other salad leaves.

A full list of the Sustainable Basket Metric products can be found below:

  1. Bananas
  2. Salad tomatoes
  3. Clementines, ‘Easy peeler’
  4. Maris piper potatoes
  5. Blueberries
  6. Iceberg lettuce
  7. Tesco Crisps, ready salted
  8. Microwaveable basmati rice
  9. Tesco Diet Cola
  10. Tesco Bourbon Creams Biscuits
  11. Tesco bread, soft white medium
  12. Milk, semi-skimmed
  13. Chicken, breast portions
  14. Eggs, free-range
  15. Salmon, two boneless fillets
  16. Lean beef steak mince
  17. Tesco Just Ham Sandwich
  18. Tesco Tikka Masala with rice ready meal
  19. Tesco Cream of Tomato Soup
  20. Tesco tuna chunks in Springwater


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Tesco To Remove One Billion Pieces of Plastic By The End Of 2020

\"\"Tesco has announced last week that it will remove one billion pieces of plastic from products for sale in UK stores by the end of 2020 as a part of its 4Rs plan to tackle the use of plastics in its business.

Tesco’s 4Rs strategy – Remove, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – means it will remove non-recyclable and excess packaging from its business. Where it can’t be removed, for example where it prevents food waste, Tesco will work with its suppliers to reduce it to an absolute minimum. The retailer will explore new opportunities to reuse its packaging and ensure that anything left is all recycled as part of a closed-loop. If packaging can’t be recycled, it will have no place at Tesco.

To remove one billion pieces from Tesco private brand products by the end of 2020, Tesco will be removing:

  • small plastic bags commonly used to pack loose fruit, vegetables, and bakery items and replacing them with paper ones
  • plastic trays from ready meals
  • secondary lids on products such as cream, yogurts, and cereals
  • sporks and straws from snack pots and drinks cartons
  • 200m pieces of plastic used to pack clothing and greetings cards

In August, Tesco met with 1500 suppliers to let them know that packaging will form a key part of its decision-making process which determines which products are sold in its stores. The retailer has worked with its suppliers, making clear that it reserves the right to no longer stock products that use excessive or hard to recycle materials.


Tesco CEO Dave Lewis said: “Our work to Remove, Reduce, Reuse & Recycle is already transforming our packaging. Over the next twelve months, we will remove one billion pieces of plastic, further reducing the environmental impact of the products we sell. By focusing on solutions that we can apply across all our UK stores and supply chain, we can make a significant difference and achieve real scale in our efforts to tackle plastic.”

WWF UK’s Sustainable Materials Specialist, Paula Chin said: “Plastic pollution is the most visible symptom of the environmental crisis we’re currently facing. Businesses, governments, and households have all got an important part to play, so it’s good to see Tesco’s commitment to significantly reduce the amount of plastic we use.”