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30 April 2024 - Fairness in the food supply chain - Oral evidence

Committee Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Inquiry Fairness in the food supply chain

Tuesday 30 April 2024

Start times: 2:00pm (private) 2:30pm (public)

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Supermarkets’ senior executives to face questions from MPs over food price inflation, profits and relationships with producers

Senior executives from five of the biggest supermarket chains questioned about retailers’ role in the food supply chain, by MPs on the cross-party Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Committee.

The session will be an opportunity for MPs to examine the impact of food price inflation on supermarkets, manufacturers, suppliers, and consumers. 

Meeting details

At 2:30pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Fairness in the food supply chain
Commercial Director for Fresh Food at Tesco
Chief Commercial Officer (Food) at Asda
Commercial Director at Waitrose
Chief Commercial Officer at Lidl GB
Chief Food Commercial Officer at Sainsbury’s

As part of their ongoing inquiry into fairness in the food supply chain, the Committee has so far taken evidence from academics, food producers, and manufacturers. In this fourth evidence session, MPs’ focus will be on the relationship between food production costs, food prices and retail prices, and how structural relationships between food producers, manufacturers, and retailers could be improved.

Witnesses will be questioned on the nature of retailers’ profits in the context of the high food price environment and how they ensure that profits are distributed throughout their supply chains. They will also be asked about the extent to which the position of consumers is considered when setting prices.

The session will also see retailers questioned about the practice of shrinkflation and MPs are likely to ask whether retailers should be doing more to inform customers when package sizes have been reduced.

In previous evidence to the Committee, MPs heard that retailers sometimes brand products in ways which could be misleading for consumers, and they are likely to ask witnesses how supermarkets’ labelling practices affect consumer confidence and understanding. 


Room 6, Palace of Westminster

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