Aldi favoured by suppliers for Groceries Code compliance

Discounter Aldi proved to be top of the class when it comes to supply relations, according to the Grocery Code Adjudicator Annual Survey Results 2015. 

Two-fifths (40%) of suppliers to retailers found that Aldi was consistently complying with the code, with 54% saying they mostly complied with it. Iceland was found to have the worst relationship with suppliers, with just 8% saying it consistently complied and 57% saying they mostly complied.

Delays in payment, variation in supply agreements and unjustified charges for consumer complaints topped the ey are being treated unfairly. Influence was also an issue with fewer believing they have a say over terms of supply. On a more positive note, more felt that retailers have been punished for breaking the code.

There was also a drop in the number of suppliers reporting GCA-related issues over the past year. 70% reported an issue when dealing with one of the ten large retailers over the last 12 months compared to 79% the previous year.

Commenting on the results, Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon said: “We still have some way to go in important areas but this is a clear sign we are on the right track. Suppliers are more aware of the GCA and its work and fewer now believe the GCA will not be able to do anything if they bring an issue to me.”

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