Sheffield Hallam University hosting debate on the impact of food waste

Sheffield Hallam University.
Sheffield Hallam University.

Sheffield Hallam University is hosting a debate around food waste and the impact on businesses, communities and the economy.

Cutting edge researchers and leading academics are to join the Finding Value in Food Waste event, being held at the university on Wednesday, June 29.

Hallam’s National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering is co-sponsoring the event with centre director Dr Martin Howarth taking part in the panel discussion.

Other key speakers on the day include Dr Mark Gronnow, process development unit manager for the BioRenewables Development Centre, Julian Parfitt, resource policy advisor and practice leader at Anthesis (UK) Ltd, and Steven Ogden, director of Green Gain.

Dr Howarth said: “Food waste is a massive issue for those in the industry and it’s important that the current problem is tackled.

“As well as wasting food, there is also a waste of energy in the preparation of many foods which can also be recycled and reused.

“This debate will give regional businesses the chance to speak with industry experts and explore ways of tackling the problem together.”

Topics to be discussed centre on recent findings that revealed five million tonnes of food is wasted by manufacturers and retailers every year in the UK, with companies paying premiums to incinerate it or send it to landfill.

The panel will discuss how much of this waste can be repurposed, realising value and creating new revenue streams.

They will also hear how Yorkshire and the Humber is regarded as one of the best places in the world for innovation on biowastes, including food waste.

Registration for the event takes place at 8am at the Charles Street Building.

Anyone interested in attending or who would like more information is asked to visit the event website at