LORDS

Lords take evidence from Nando's and the Groceries Code Adjudicator

18 December 2013

Nando’s, the Sustainable Restaurant Association and its members, and the Groceries Code Adjudicator will be questioned by the House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment and Energy tomorrow (Wednesday 18 December), as part of its ongoing investigation into the EU’s contribution to Food Waste Prevention.

Witnesses

Wednesday 18 December, Committee Room 2A, Palace of Westminster

From 10.30am evidence will be heard from:

  • Bob Gordon, Do the Right Thing Manager, Nando's;
  • Mark Lineham, Managing Director, Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA);
  • Neil Forbes, Chef Director, Café St Honoré (Member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association; and
  • Giles Whitely, Chief Executive Officer, SWR Waste Management, who are expert in the restaurant sector.

From 11.30am evidence will be heard from:

  • Christine Tacon CBE, Groceries Code Adjudicator

Likely Questions

The Committee will question the first witnesses about the recent study by WRAP, which found that 372,000 tonnes of food if thrown away by pubs and restaurants each year. It will ask the witnesses if these are figures they recognise, how they can explain them and what actions and initiatives they are undertaking to reduce food waste. The Committee will also ask about communication within the food service industry, supply chain cooperation to minimise waste at all stages and what methods could be introduced in the EU in order to drive action to reducing food waste.

The Committee will question Ms Tacon on the role of the GCA and its desired impact; the way in which the Groceries Code applies to interactions between UK and EU suppliers and its impact on UK/EU retailer/supplier relationships; what types of issues covered by the Code might indirectly result in food waste; and to what extent investigations by the GCA might drive wider changes within the grocery supply chain that are, in turn, likely to reduce food waste. 

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