How To Store Your Fruit And Veg To Make It Last Longer

Store tomatoes and plums together but keep bananas away at all times.

If you find you're constantly throwing out food that's gone off, it may mean you're storing it incorrectly.

Certain fruit and veg produce gases during ripening that can reduce the shelf-life of neighbours in the fruit bowl or veggie drawer.

This leads to them spoiling quicker and often ending up in the bin.

To combat the problem, Sainsbury’s has created the 'Culinary Companionship Code' to help shoppers store their products correctly.


The infographic guides shoppers through a list of ‘perfect pears’ for example, berries and grapes are firm-fridge-friends, while pineapples and lemons are best together, at room temperature.

The idea is part of the supermarket's 'Waste Less, Save More' campaign, designed to reduce both food waste and spending within families.

The average UK family household wastes £700 per year in food that could be eaten, but ends up being thrown out instead. Fresh fruit and vegetables contribute a significant amount with 20% of what is bought being wasted, amounting to £2.6 billion.

According to researchers at Sainsbury’s, shoppers could save over £100 per year just by storing foods next to compatible products.


Paul Crewe, head of sustainability at Sainsbury’s said: “Our guide gives new meaning to the word ‘Frenemies’, highlighting certain fruits, which just don’t get along! Apples and watermelons are long-term enemies while bananas don’t play well with others and should be kept on their own.

"On the other hand, there are some more sociable fruits! Cherries are immune to the negative effects of the ethylene produced by others and can therefore be paired with a variety of partners."

Check out the tables below for more information on the foods to store together and the foods to store apart.


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