The full results of the Groceries Code Adjudicator’s seventh annual survey have now been released and show a high level of Code-compliant behaviour of the 13 regulated supermarkets with their direct suppliers.
There have been significant improvements from the first survey carried out in 2014, where results of complying with the Code ranged from 58% to 90%. For the 2020 results, Only three retailers were rated below 90% (M&S 89%, B&M 86%, Iceland 81%) for complying consistently well or mostly with the code and nine were between 92% and 94% (Co-op, Asda, Sainsbury's and Waitrose 94%, Tesco, Ocado and Morrisons 93% and Lidl and Home Bargains 92%), with the highest retailer, Aldi, scoring 96%.
Aldi has received the highest performance rating for seven consecutive years of the survey. The ‘most improved’ retailer of 2020 is Co-operative Group Limited (Co-op) which ranked in joint second with 94%, up from tenth place last year when the GCA found breaches of the Code on two counts. Iceland came last place with 81% overall compliance.
Minette Batters, NFU President said: “The GCA has made significant progress since the introduction of the role in 2013 and this is reflected in this year’s survey results. It is great to see that retailer behaviour and compliance with the Code has improved and that many are maintaining their positive results year on year. The GCA is crucial to enforcing the Groceries Supply Code of Practice and holding retailers to account and we look forward to continuing to work closely with Christine Tacon and her successor.”
Christine Tacon is due to step down later in 2020 after seven years in post. Her contract was extended by 6 months in an effort to maintain continuity to the grocery sector during Covid-19.