[1 March/Euro Fruit]

Tesco’s Chief Executive, Dave Lewis, told the audience at the City Food Lecture that he is talking to the UK government about creating a closed loop of packaging system as part of a new sustainability campaign. He is considering using Tesco car parks as recycling sites for packaging to be reused in stores. He said that it was a fundamental change that will require Tesco to work with the government on the national infrastructure, but it is doable. Mr Lewis added that previous relationships with suppliers had been confrontational, and was regretful about the supermarkets past treatment of suppliers. He noted they have attempted to change their ways and have made commitments to long-term partnerships with a number of key suppliers.