New supermarket watchdog to have more bite

The government’s announcement regarding the new Groceries Code Adjudicator and how it will have the power, from the outset, to fine retailers has been warmly welcomed by CPRE.

As a part of the Groceries Market Remedies Group, CPRE have been calling, since 2006, for an effective regulator for the food chain that will monitor relationships between major supermarkets and their suppliers, and have constantly argued for them to have the powers to fine anyone in breach of fair trading laws.

Graeme Willis, local food campaigner CPRE, says:

“We are delighted that the Government has moved to give the new watchdog the fining powers it needs to enforce fair trading in the groceries market. This will help level the playing field for the businesses which struggle to compete with supermarkets – including many smaller businesses in local food networks.”