Britain’s supermarkets have been accused of “profiteering” at the expense of their suppliers by imposing inflated charges for product recalls and other faults, including for barcode labels on cases of product that don’t comply with their system specifications.
Far fewer food and drink suppliers are complaining of abuses from their big retailer customers, according to the results of the annual online survey published by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) today (June 26).
Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon faces as much pressure as Tesco from the results of her investigation into the supermarket’s relationship with suppliers, according to a leading food analyst.
Food industry trade associations should play a bigger role in helping to expose the abuses suffered by suppliers at the hands of supermarkets and other customers, said environment secretary Liz Truss at the Oxford Farming Conference this week.
In as many weeks, two polls have sent me a strong message that I still have a big job to raise awareness of what I can do for groceries suppliers and build their confidence so that they give me the information I need to act.