New supermarket watchdog will fine chains

5 December 2012

Our saviour has come in the shape of a new supermarket watchdog who will have the power to fine the biggest chains! Their dominance can now be punished and fined if they aren't nice to farmers and suppliers!

The thrilling 'groceries adjudicator' will have the power to name and shame supermarkets and fines will be introduced.

Amazing stuff.

This is all because of a new Groceries Code which came on the back of a Competition Commission report which backed up suppliers' claims that supermarkets were using their power and influence to impose unfair conditions.

Competition Minister Jo Swinson said financial penalties were expected to be applied only in cases of serious breach, with naming and shaming used in most cases: "Where supermarkets are breaking the rules with suppliers and treating them unfairly, the adjudicator will make sure that they are held to account. We have heard the views of the stakeholders who were keen to give the adjudicator a power to fine, and recognise that this change would give the adjudicator more teeth to enforce the Groceries Code."

"We expect fines to be used as a last resort, but the fact that the adjudicator has the power to impose them will send a strong message to retailers that compliance with the code is not optional. I am confident that these changes will mean that the adjudicator is able to ensure fair play in the food supply chain and keep the industry growing."


TOPICS:   High Street News   Supermarket


  • Sicknote
    It staggers me that we actually need to spend tax payers money on a Watchdog to protect consumers who are too fecking stupid to see through the supermarket advertising bullshit. Perhaps a watchdog to prevent me from getting caught shagging the girl from the post room and getting busted by my wife.
  • LancerVancer
    I want a Watchdog too!! Mine could prevent me from buying shit weed. Not that i do. Only the best for me!
  • I n.
    @ Sicknote, read the article. It is to protect SUPPLIERS and how they have been abused nothing to do with stupid moronic consumers

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