UK Groceries Code Adjudicator presents at Walker Morris Food & Drink Lunch

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Leading food and drink sector representatives attend presentation by Christine Tacon

30 leading figures from the food and drink industry attended the Walker Morris Food & Drink lunch to listen to a presentation from Christine Tacon, the UK’s Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA).

Ms Tacon led a discussion on the progress that her office has made since its inception in 2013 and its priorities for the coming year.

Against the backdrop of ongoing and heightened regulatory focus on supply relationships in the UK grocery sector, the GCA was established as the UK’s first independent adjudicator to oversee the relationship between supermarkets and their suppliers. The GCA’s role is to ensure that large supermarkets treat their direct suppliers lawfully and fairly and investigate complaints and arbitrates in disputes.

Richard Naish, Head of the Food & Drink Group at walker Morris said:

“The event was a fantastic opportunity to hear directly from the GCA on the major issues and priorities. I would like to thank Christine for providing such an insightful and thought leading presentation.  It raised a number of important issues and because the whole event was under Chatham House rules, it enabled our audience to ask a number of insightful questions and encouraged a commercially focused discussion.”

The event is one in a series held by the Walker Morris Food & Drink Group featuring leading personalities within the food and drink sector which have included Mike Coupe, David Salkeld, Tim Smith and Jim McCarthy.

Comments from the event include:

“Thank you for inviting us to the lunch yesterday. Both of us greatly enjoyed the occasion and were impressed by Christine’s presentation. We both confess to having learnt a good deal.”

“A really enjoyable and insightful lunch with some good company.”

“..sincere thanks to you and the team at WM for a great lunch yesterday with Christine. Everything was spot on and you really do get some great speakers and guests.”

Earlier this year a YouGov survey undertaken on behalf of GCA indicated a drop in the number of suppliers reporting Groceries Code-related issues in their dealings with the ten large retailers in the last 12 months from 79 percent in 2014 to 70 percent in 2015. Whilst at the same time a larger proportion of suppliers would consider raising issues with the GCA – up 9 points to 47 percent – with concerns about retribution still the dominant reason for holding back.

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