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Supermarket Watchdog Needs Teeth to Protect Small Suppliers

A new supermarket ombudsman will “lack teeth” unless it has the power to fine big retailers for mistreating smaller suppliers, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said. The Grocery Code Adjudicator (GCA) is due to be established next year to monitor the relationship between supermarkets and suppliers. The watchdog is being set up to resolve disputes between the two groups, following concern that supermarkets are treating small suppliers unfairly. However, the FPB’s head of campaigns Jane Bennett said that unless the ombudsman is able to impose financial penalties on retailers, it would “lack teeth” and could leave small suppliers unprotected. “Mistreatment of smaller suppliers by supermarkets is a constant, pressing problem and awarding the ombudsman powers to impose financial pe... »