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Tesco compliance fresh produce
Tesco, Woolworths, Aldi, and Loblaw food safety compliance
Tesco Food Manufacturing Standard (TFMS). This standard has been developed to outline the requirements to which manufacturers must comply in order to begin supplying, and thereafter continue supplying Tesco, either directly or indirectly. The standards support our commitment to ensuring all Tesco brand products are safe, meet legal requirements, and always meet customer expectations with respect to quality, provenance and responsible sourcing, building trust in the Tesco brand and supply chain.
This version builds upon Tesco’s UK approach of ensuring that standards can be applied in a way that manages risk and grows capability. It is intended to be interpreted by our suppliers across the world, in a way that allows individual sites to put controls in place that are appropriate to them and their industry, and proportional to the risks specific to their products, their processes and their site environment. Full application of the standards will support suppliers in driving improvement, a reduction in non-conforming products, and therefore help to reduce waste and cost.
The review was undertaken by a global working group led by the Tesco Group Quality Technical Policy and Standards team and included technical managers, auditors and suppliers from the entire Tesco business and supply chain, and has utilised feedback and commentary received from both the global working group and wider consultation with importers and exporters of fresh produce.
Loblaw food is safe and quality controlled. Our standards (eg: GAP)and processes for ensuring that the products we sell are safe, of high quality and meets all legal requirements are among the most rigorous in our industry. They apply to both Loblaw operations and to those of Loblaw vendors. Loblaw also collaborate extensively with our Canadian and global counterparts, jointly seeking to manage food safety risk for consumers. Loblaw is an early supports fresh produce vendors to achieve certification. One of the major challenges is that many Canadian vendors are supplied by multiple growers, and certification requires that all of these growers be certified as well. Loblaw's focus is to work with our control brand produce growers to ensure they are 100% compliant with GFSI certification standards.
Woolworths Australia runs an independently audited quality assurance standard for manufactured food and fresh produce (WQA). If you are supplying Produce to Woolworths, you will need to ensure all product complies with the quality, safety and regulatory criteria defined in the Woolworths Produce Specifications.
To find out more about your specific fruit or vegetable, simply select the category that relates to you from the menu below. Also ensure you check out the General Requirements: Produce Woolworths documents which relate to pulp temperature, defect guidelines and more.
Coles Australia developed their Supplier Certification programme to ensure all suppliers of food products and fresh produce fruit and vegetables meet expected standards of food quality and safety for retail sale to their customers and consumers. Suppliers are required to undergo third-party auditing and certification to meet both the CFMSR and the BRC or SQF Standards. In some instances the CFMSR will make reference to an external document that is also applicable and details Coles ‘additional labeling requirements on this subject. Compliance to the requirements is in addition to the duty held by the supplier to produce safe and uncontaminated food. A Certificate of Recognition validated against the requirements of the CFMSR is part of the Coles’ Approved Supplier Program, and is unique to Coles.
Aldi leads backing of UK farmer friendly fruit and veg pledge for sustainable UK farming. Aldi significantly increased its range of organic fruit and vegetables in both the UK and Ireland. Any product sold as 'organic' must comply with strict National, European and international standards to assure consumers they are buying genuinely organic products that can be fully traceable back to the farm.
Aldi organic standards cover all aspects of Aldi organic food certification including product and packaging, animal welfare, wildlife conservation and ban unnecessary and harmful food additives in organic processed foods.
Aldi organic packing standards not only meet national government's minimum requirements but exceed them. Aldi offers a range of organic products for customers who support organic methods of farming. In 2015, the UK had 39 Organic products and Ireland 32. Read more about Aldi food safety standards.
Tesco supports UK potato growers, by selling surplus stocks
More potatoes will hit shelves from this week to meet soaring demand.
UK potato growers who have been left with surplus stock because of the closure of restaurants and fast food outlets are being given a helping hand by Tesco.
The closure of restaurants, pubs and many fast food outlets has left a major surplus of particular varieties that are made into chips, which potato growers cannot now easily sell on.
Now Tesco has teamed up with potato supplier Branston to take these potatoes that were previously destined for the catering trade.
These ‘chipping varieties’ may have some skin blemishes but are perfectly delicious. They will be sold as part of Tesco’s ‘Perfectly Imperfect’ range.
The bags will carry a sticker stating ‘I’m not looking my normal gorgeous self but I still taste great, buy me and support British farmers’.
Since March Tesco has seen increased demand for potatoes, with an average rise of 30 per cent across UK stores.
Tesco Potato Buying Manager Ben Rowbotham said: “Taking these surplus potatoes not only helps meet the extra demand at the moment but also supports growers at a time when many are facing a real struggle to keep their businesses going.
“The varieties are mainly ones used for making chips, so while they might not look as cosmetically perfect as others they will still be delicious and excellent for pan frying, sautéing, making potato wedges and other dishes.
“These potatoes will have stickers on them to show that we are committed to supporting British farmers through difficult times.”
Each year a third of all UK-grown potatoes are destined for the crisp industry or to be turned into chips.
The products that these potatoes will be going into are Tesco White potatoes 2.5kg, Tesco Baking potatoes 2.5kg and Perfectly Imperfect potatoes 2.5kg
Branston Commercial Director, Richard Clark said: “We are working with Tesco to support our potato growers and ensure we honour our existing contracts with them. We now have the opportunity to get additional types of potatoes too, which would have otherwise been destined for chip shops and restaurants.”
The potatoes start arriving at Tesco stores this week.
Tesco signs long-term citrus deal with AMC Group
Tesco has launched a major new partnership with AMC Group for the supply of citrus fruit. The five-year deal, the first for Tesco produce, builds upon a twenty year relationship between the two businesses.
AMC Group supplies citrus fruit to Tesco globally and under the new deal, AMT Fruit Ltd, a business dedicated to Tesco is being created. AMT Fruit Ltd will supply lemons, limes, satsumas, clementines, tangerines, oranges and grapefruit offering Tesco customers the highest quality citrus fruit. The partnership will also look to deliver new exciting ranges and produce to Tesco customers and the best varieties in the market through AMC's varietal development and breeding programme, Citrus Genesis.
Alvaro Munoz, CEO of AMC Group said: “This five year agreement is fantastic news for us, growers and Tesco customers. As a third generation family owned business, we’re proud to provide the best quality citrus for people to enjoy. The new strengthened partnership means Tesco customers will enjoy the freshest possible products and will allow us to invest in our breeding programmes. Tesco customers can look forward to seeing the newest and best varieties in their shops.”
Darren Clough, Produce Sourcing Director at Tesco said: “We’re delighted to have signed a five year deal with AMC Group and know that we’re at our best working in partnership with our suppliers. This long-term deal will allow us to work directly with growers from around the world and give AMC the security to innovate and invest in new and exciting products for our customers.”
Supplying potatoes and onions in a €62.5 million deal
Irish potato supplier signs deal with Tesco
Country Crest, the Dublin-based fresh food business, has extended its contract to supply potatoes and onions to Tesco in a €62.5 million deal over the next two and a half years.
The company, run by brothers Gabriel and Michael Hoey, has signed a deal to supply the supermarket chain with 36,000 tonnes annually of own-brand potatoes, onions and sweet potatoes until September 2022. Country Crest also sources supplies for the retailer from a further 50 farmers. Tesco and its supplier said the deal would give “confidence” to those growers.
“This offers our business, our work colleagues and our network of professional growers some very welcome security into the future,” said Gabriel Hoey.
Country Crest, which has been a supplier of Tesco for two decades, employs 120 staff, and its north Dublin production and packing facility. Hoey Agri, the parent company of Country Crest, had sales last year of €54.7 million and made a profit of €2.8 million.
Tesco has been keen to highlight efforts it has made to support Irish food suppliers since the Covid-19 crisis spawned a liquidity crisis for Irish SMEs last month. The retailer said it “is very conscious of the pressure that the agri-business sector is under due to Covid-19, with non-retail markets disappearing for several sectors”.