Tracey McDermott is Head of Trading Law and Technical at Tesco Ireland. She is responsible for all aspects of food safety, regulation, legal, retail and manufacturing and has over 17 years’ experience working at Tesco. In that time, she has gained extensive knowledge of the food industry through technical management of a number of categories. She is passionate about cultivating and promoting local Irish suppliers and part of her role is the governance of Tesco’s Local Supplier Programme standards. This involves the development of new suppliers and the technical support of Tesco’s current local, regional and national suppliers. Quality, packaging and food waste all hold importance in Tesco’s strategy and are key business priorities.