Founded in 1919, Tesco is a British international grocery and general merchandising retail chain.
Tesco puts the customer at the heart of everything. Today Tesco focuses on three main areas: quality, providing healthier options for their customers and packaging improvements that help customers identify the products on the shelves.
In 2012 Tesco partnered up with FareShare and The Trussell Trust on the UK’s biggest food collection, encouraging customers to donate long life food to charity and vulnerable people in need. The Tesco Food Collection includes customer donations, food donated to our permanent food collection points, and a 20% top-up from Tesco on all donations received. Later on, in 2015, Tesco's Community Food Connection scheme, in partnership with food redistribution charity FareShare, provides free, surplus food every day to local charities and communities. The scheme is the biggest supermarket food redistribution scheme in the UK, and runs across all of our UK stores
In 2015 Tesco launched Bags of Help scheme, with money raised from the 5p bag charge in England, Scotland and Wales being used to fund projects to create or improve green spaces in local communities. In the first year of the government bag charge, Tesco customers in England saved over 1.5 billion single-use bags.
In 2016 Tesco begins offering free fruit for children in stores. The aim is to create healthy eating values that will stay with kids as well as making it easier for children to get the fruit they need.
In 2019 Tesco partners up in Jamie Oliver. Today The Tesco Community Cookery School with Jamie Oliver, which has been developed in partnership with FareShare, is helping community groups by offering training and advice on how to prepare nutritionally balanced meals out of surplus food donations, to stop good food going to waste.