01 July 2015 | Online since 2003

Supermarket adjudicator bill nears completion

27 February 2013 16:30:14|News,Supermarkets

Supermarket adjudicator bill nears completion

MPs have today voted to approve the report stage of the bill to create a Groceries Code Adjudicator.

"This is the culmination of fourteen years of lobbying on this vital issue" said NFU President Peter Kendall.

The Groceries Code Adjudicator, Christine Tacon will oversee the relationship between Britain's supermarkets and their suppliers, including farmers.

The GCA will help to enforce and monitor the Groceries Supply Code of Practice. Which sets minimum standards in the way big retailers treat their suppliers.

The adjudicator will investigate alleged breaches of the code, this applies to all retailers with a turnover of more than £1bn in groceries in the UK.

"The adjudicator will bring to light supply chain imbalances between large retailers and direct suppliers. It is critical to see better functioning supply chains which focus on longer term relationships and reward all players fairly, to encourage innovation and sustainability of supply."

The need for a Grocery Code Adjudicator, which has cross party support, was made clear in two reports by the Competition Commission published in 2000 and 2008.

"This breakthrough has only come through dedicated campaigning, with members of the public across the country pushing MPs for action to curb supermarkets’ excessive power" said Murray Worthy, campaigner for the charity War on Want.

Farming unions across the UK have consistently called for a watchdog to ensure a level playing field in the grocery supply chain, for the adjudicator to have the power to take credible evidence from reputable sources, and to be able to fine retailers for breaking the code.

"This is an important step forward and will reassure farmers that progress continues to be made to introduce an adjudicator that will have the necessary ‘teeth’ to curb the abuses of power that can undermine farmers and the supply chain, with implications for consumers" said NFU President Ed Bailey.

NFU head of food and farming Phil Hudson said: "This is an important step forward and will reassure farmers that progress continues to be made to introduce an adjudicator that will have the necessary 'teeth' to curb the abuses of power that can undermine farmers and the supply chain, with implications for consumers."

"Now Ms Tacon has been appointed, we look forward to her taking up post and quickly getting to grips with the issues affecting our members. Once she has formally taken up her role we will look to meet her to discuss our concerns over the way in which the supply chain operates."



No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment

To post comment without approval login or register

Display name

Please enter your name

Email (optional)

Please enter your comment

Post Comment

Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.

Some error on your process.Please try one more time.


Start Date: 16 June 2015
Permanent tractor driving, cattle duties and general farm maintenance  position available >>> Lincs

1000 acre mixed farm with 60 suckler cows in south Lincolnshire near Stamford.

you will require an understandin...

Start Date: 26 June 2015
Job for Arable worker >>> Kent

Experienced, enthusiastic, self-motivated person required for 1,500 acre mixed arable/livestock farm in North West Kent with ...

Start Date: 11 June 2015
Job with Arable/ Contractor Baling operation. Car licence is a must, A LGV licence would also help but not essential.Yorkshire

Family farm near by North East Coast. Farmer and Contractor require an English speaking telehandler/tractor driver. Shop and ...

Start Date: 16 June 2015
 Ground worker Urgently Required: Work in the South Warwickshire and Oxfordshire

Self Employed Groundworker Urgently Required - suit person used to working on Farms and Agricultural Properties. Experience i...

Top stories you may have missed
5 June 2015 | Cattle

A strong pound and increased red meat imports coupled with a plentiful dome...

5 June 2015 | Arable

Depression is affecting Wales' farming industry and there is a need to use ...

5 June 2015 | Arable

With just one week to go before the final judging and announcement of the w...

5 June 2015 | Finance

A rural law expert has highlighted the importance of good succession planni...

5 June 2015 | Farmshops

A south Yorkshire dairy farming family is pulling out all the stops to prom...

4 June 2015 | Finance

Predicting what is going to happen to wheat prices is a challenge, but in s...

4 June 2015 | Agri Safety

A Lancashire based livestock theft prevention scheme is aiming to go nation...

4 June 2015 | News

A female farmer has been recognised by the farming and conservation industr...

4 June 2015 | Finance

The new Conservative government appears to be preparing to implement cuts f...

4 June 2015 | Arable

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will have mobile support units at the follo...