Tesco Ireland has agreed a partnership with Bia Food Initiative (BiaFi) to support the development of a large-scale food redistribution centre in Little Island Co. Cork.
BiaFi facilitates the transfer of surplus food from food-related businesses such as Tesco to local charities to help tackle food poverty.
BiaFi’s long-term aim is to create a nationwide network of distribution centres to ensure no food goes to waste. The charity, the first of its kind in Ireland, is expecting to redistribute up to 3,000 tonnes of surplus food a year to charities in the greater Munster region alone.
Tesco is the first retailer to partner with BiaFi, having recently agreed a national partnership with FoodCloud to handle the logistics of the food distribution.
Tesco is also providing BiaFi with operational expertise and financial support to ensure the charity is set up using first-class distribution systems and practices to operate safely and efficiently. For this end Tesco has sent a senior Operations Manager to the centre in Little Island for the last three months.
Ciaran Foley, Retail Support Director, Tesco Ireland said: “Tesco runs the country’s largest distribution network with over 250 deliveries per day to our 146 stores nationwide and we are delighted to be able to share this expertise with BiaFi to ensure that the organisation has the systems and capabilities to deliver on its objectives as Ireland’s first national food redistribution centre.”