UK breach highlights need for grocery regulations - FDII

Food and Drink Industry Ireland (FDII) Director Paul Kelly today called for the urgent publication of long delayed Irish grocery regulations, following findings in Britain that a major retailer has seriously breached the UK's legally-binding Groceries Supply Code of Practice.

The Irish food industry has been campaigning for the introduction of legislation here to protect suppliers from the very practices that the UK Groceries Code Adjudicator highlighted as key concerns. These include unilateral deductions from suppliers and payment delays, sometimes intentional. The UK Adjudicator found that breaches of the Code were of a serious nature, due to the varying and wide-spread nature of the payment delays.

"The UK ruling highlights the very real and unfair practices that suppliers can face when dealing with large, powerful retailers. Reform and new regulations have been promised, but have not yet been delivered. Ireland is now lagging far behind the UK, which introduced the Grocery Code in 2010 and the Grocery Code Adjudicator in 2013. The Minister for Enterprise should now publish long delayed regulations and ensure a fairer trading environment throughout the grocery supply chain," said Mr Kelly.
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