Our new mushroom punnet packaging extends shelf life and reduces food waste

Tuesday 18th April, 2017

James Cantoni, Buying Manager

As part of our initiative to reduce food waste, we are trialing an innovative new packaging for our mushrooms to keep them fresher for longer. James Cantoni, Buying Manager gives us more information about our new pulp punnets.

James Says,

Tesco is trialling innovative new packaging for our fresh mushrooms that will help keep them fresher for longer and reduce food waste.
We are always looking for new ways to reduce food waste and bring fresh British produce to our customers. So, this week we’re launching a trial of our new fully recyclable pulp punnet.

Responding to customer feedback
Our customers were influential in helping us make this change. They told us that at times our current packaging puts them off buying mushrooms. Condensation can sometimes form in the plastic punnets which can lead to the mushroom quality deteriorating more quickly. So, we’ve been looking at ways to improve quality and keep our produce fresher for longer.

Our new pulp punnet will hopefully extend the shelf life. This will help us reduce waste and ultimately means that our customers will be able to keep their mushrooms for longer helping to reduce food waste in the home.

Innovative packaging
Aesthetically the punnets have a more natural look and feel in hope to address customers concerns about the plastic packaging. Made from fully recyclable material this allows for moisture to be absorbed, whilst still maintaining integrity. In a standard plastic punnet, moisture cannot be absorbed and sits at the bottom of the container. This exposure can lead to increased deterioration of the mushrooms by becoming discoloured and soft. Our new packaging will prevent that.

No time for waste
Little changes like this are part of our ongoing work to tackle food waste wherever it occurs – from farm to fork. Tesco believes that no food that could be eaten should be wasted. That’s why we’ve committed that no food that is safe for human consumption will go to waste from Tesco UK Retail operations by the end of 2017.