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(L-R): Alice Ellison (BRC); Matt Wood (Asda); Paul Crewe (Sainsbury's); and Matt Simister (Tesco) at the Fareshare Food Surplus Summit

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Charlotte Morton is chief executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA)

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