PPMA 2014

Discounters less likely to breach the Groceries Code

By Nicholas Robinson contact

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Discount retailers, such as Aldi and Lidl, are less likely to breach the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) than the big four, the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon has claimed.

Their simpler business model, which includes fewer offers and fewer items on their shelves, means their supplier demands weren’t complicated.

“The way that the likes of the discounters are working is that they don’t tend to do promotions, it’s a much simpler business model and so there are far fewer opportunities for any ambiguities,” ​Tacon told FoodManufacture.co.uk in this podcast.

“I do tend to get the complaints about the same group of people and not about another particular group.”

Brought to her attention

However, she would not single out which retailers were being brought to her attention most.

To find out why Tacon said she has yet to use the full extent of her powers as the GCA, listen to this podcast.

Meanwhile, Tacon told delegates at a Processing and Packaging Machinery Association seminar in Birmingham this week that she was pushing for powers to fine retailers hundreds of millions of pounds​ if they broke the GSCOP.

“I do have power and I do have significant sanctions that I can use,” ​she said at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre this week.

“But, most importantly, I can fine the retailers and the maximum level hasn’t come back from Parliament yet, but I have recommended that they can be hundreds of millions of pounds.”

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