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Tesco Nurture: Certification of Fruit and Vegetable Production

Tesco Nurture: Certification of Fruit and Vegetable Production

Tesco Nurture: Certification of Fruit and Vegetable Production

Quality and environment in fruit and vegetable production

Nurture is an independent scheme launched by the TESCO international retail chain in 1992. The main aim of this scheme is to provide a guarantee to customers that fruit and vegetables from TESCO suppliers are grown in an environmentally responsible way. For this purpose, the scheme is based on the implementation of more restrictive requirements than those established in the legislation regarding the use of plant protection products and the upper residue limits of plant protection products in fresh products.

At the start of January 2017 the certification programme for suppliers of TESCO was included as an additional assessment module included in the GLOBALG.A.P. IFA V5 certification process and was renamed NURTURE MODULE V11. The new scheme recognises the GLOBALG.A.P. IFA V5 certification and incorporates an assessment of the specific requirements of TESCO. This formula makes it possible to carry out combined audits and therefore to obtain the certificates of both scopes in a single process (GLOBALG.A.P. IFA V5 + TESCO NURTURE MODULE V11).

Only certification authorities that are currently approved by the TESCO NURTURE programme, such as AENOR, can carry out combined audits within both scopes.


To build confidence in consumers about food safety, environmental and labour standards through the requirements established in the GLOBALG.A.P. protocol and their consolidation by means of a high level of demand that surpasses the legal requirements for the use of plant protection products.


  • It inspires confidence in consumers.
  • Guarantees access to markets.
  • Compliance with the requirements established for product suppliers in the TESCO distribution chain.
  • Reduces the number of inspections carried out by third parties due to distribution.
  • More efficient and dynamic monitoring of food safety hazards.
  • Enables compliance with relevant legislation:
  • Expedites an efficient communication with all interested parties.

Time and cost savings in audits integrated with BRC, IFS, GRASP, ALBERT HEIJN, LEAF MARQUE.

Nowadays, most European distribution companies require that their primary product suppliers comply with the GLOBALG.A.P. protocol to guarantee the use of good agricultural practices, and the TESCO NURTURE certification is a mandatory requirement to become an authorised supplier in the TESCO distribution chain.

By integrating the TESCO NURTURE certification as an additional module of the GLOBALG.A.P. IFA V5 FRUIT AND VEGETABLES, both schemes are assessed together.

As the GLOBALG.A.P. protocol has of a structure based on risk management, the assessments can be carried out together with the food safety audits of protocols BRC (Global Standard for Food Safety) and IFS (International Food Standard), given that these include requirements for a food safety system.

The audits can be carried out together with other modules to obtain assessments of compliance with ALBERT HEIJN, GRASP, GLOBALG.A.P. PPM (Plant Propagation Material) and the certification of compliance with LEAF MARQUE.​​​

Once the audit has been successfully completed and the requirements established in the protocol have been met, the following certifications are issued:

  • The AENOR TESCO NURTURE V11​​ Certificate



GlobalG.A.P. mark

GlobalG.A.P.​​ Mark


AENOR is a certification body approved by TESCO for the NURTURE MODULE V11 certification.

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