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Tesco now eases French beans export rules

Farmers harvesting French beans. PHOTO | FILE
Farmers harvesting French beans. UK-based supermarket giant Tesco is set to ease its rules on what sort of green (French) beans it will import from Kenya in a move expected to cut waste by nearly a fifth. PHOTO | FILE 

The UK-based supermarket giant Tesco is set to ease its rules on what sort of green (French) beans it will import from Kenya in a move expected to cut waste by nearly a fifth.

The retailer says its new initiative will save 135 tonnes of edible fine bean crop from going to waste each year and should ease the burden facing Kenyan growers trying to produce beans to a specifically small-size range.

Until recently, Kenyan growers were required to deliver fine beans within a specific size range and to trim them before being packed and shipped to the UK. This move was originally made as a convenience measure to help customers, but after listening to them Tesco found they’d prefer the beans uncut.

So as part of an ongoing review of its food sourcing policy, Tesco has widened the length specifications and stopped the trimming procedure, resulting in the huge saving of previously wasted stuff.