Tesco, Waitrose and waste companies questioned on food waste

11 December 2013

The House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment and Energy will take evidence from representatives of Tesco, Waitrose and the waste industry as part of their inquiry into the EU’s contribution to Food waste prevention.


Tuesday 10 December

Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 10.15am

  • Matt Simister, Group Food Sourcing Director, Tesco
  • Mark Little, Food Waste Reduction Manager, Tesco

At 11.00am

  • Quentin Clark, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Waitrose 

Wednesday 11 December

Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  • Roy Hathaway, Europe Policy Advisor, Environmental Services Association (ESA)
  • Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director, SITA UK
  • Robert Hunt, Executive Director, Veolia

At 11.30am

  • Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA)
  • Allan Buckwell, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)

Likely Questions

On Tuesday, the Committee will question the witnesses on the level of food waste within their businesses – Tesco recently announced 28,500 tonnes of food was wasted in the first six months of 2013, but Waitrose does not publish figures -  what role supermarkets can play in reducing food waste at the beginning of the food chain and how they ensure that unsold but edible food is redistributed and what legal obstacles prevent them from doing more of this.

On Wednesday, the Committee will ask the witnesses about how the waste and anaerobic digestion industries encourage waste prevention, how levels of food waste can be more accurately monitored through more separate collections of food waste from other waste,  what role the EU can play in encouraging research and innovation to reduce food waste and how food waste should be defined at the EU Level.

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