Grocery Code Adjudicator extends time in job role

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It has been confirmed that Christine Tacon CBE has been reappointed as the Groceries Code Adjudicator for a period of up to six months.

The extension is intended to maintain consistency and provide reassurance to the grocery sector during the coronavirus pandemic.

This is welcome news as the government has temporarily eased domestic competition laws in order to help the industry deal with COVID-19 related issues.

In these unprecedented times, food supply chains have been under overwhelming pressure, meaning that the risk of GSCOP breaches could be heightened.

By continuing the GCA's term in office, suppliers are provided with an extra level of protection from unfair treatment by retailers. The GCA has many years of experience in enforcing the Groceries Supply Code Of Practice (GSCOP) and has developed strong relationships with all retailers that the Code applies to.

NFU President Minette Batters said: “The food chain sector has been under enormous pressure to ensure that consumer’s needs are met during this pandemic. We welcome the GCA’s reappointment at this extraordinary time and believe it provides suppliers with much-needed reassurance and consistency, particularly when it comes to ensuring that retailers abide by the GSCOP.”

Christine Tacon had intended to step down as GCA at the end of her term in June 2020 and recruitment for her replacement had begun, but the government is yet to announce who the successor is.

GSCOP training for NFU members

If your business supplies retailers directly, understanding of the GSCOP is vital for commercial negotiations with retailers. The NFU offers GSCOP training at a discounted rate for members. If you are interested, please email the food chain team at [email protected]

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