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Grocery Code Adjudicator will get power to fine Supermarkets – William Powell AM

2012 Rhagfyr 4 4:18 PM

William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Rural Affairs, has welcomed the news that the new Grocery Code Adjudicator will be able to fine large supermarkets who deal with suppliers unfairly.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have long campaigned for a fair deal for farmers and suppliers. The Coalition Government has now listened to concerns from stakeholders and given the Adjudicator more teeth to protect farmers and other small suppliers.

Commenting, William Powell, Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales, said:

"Too often, the farmer or small supplier is squashed under the might of the major supermarkets that dominate our daily shopping. That is why the Welsh Liberal Democrats have long campaigned for a strong, independent regulator that has real teeth to stand up for hard-working suppliers.

"To create growth and jobs, Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government are making sure that small business owners and farmers must have the opportunity to can get on in life, without being squeezed by all-powerful supermarkets.

"Liberal Democrats are working hard to create a stronger economy and that means we need to ensure everyone is treated fairly. That is why the beefed-up powers for the Grocery Code Adjudicator are an important step forward."


  1. A new, powerful supermarket regulator was a Liberal Democrat manifesto commitment in 2010.

  1. The Groceries Code Adjudicator is being established to enforce the Groceries Code after the Competition Commission identified competition issues in their 2008 market study. The Adjudicator will be able to:

  1. arbitrate disputes between retailers and suppliers

  2. investigate confidential complaints from direct and indirect suppliers, whether in the UK or overseas, and from third parties

  3. hold to account retailers who break the rules by 'naming and shaming' or, if necessary, imposing a fine

  1. If the new Adjudicator finds that retailers are breaching the Groceries Code and treating their suppliers unlawfully or unfairly, he or she will be able to apply a range of sanctions.

  1. In most cases, this would consist of recommendations or 'naming and shaming' but, if the breach is serious enough, the Adjudicator will have an immediate power to fine the retailer.

  1. The Adjudicator is being set up through the Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill which is currently passing through Parliament.