Wine trade lawyer tells mistreated suppliers to call on grocery code

06 November, 2014

A wine trade lawyer has urged suppliers to complain to the Groceries Supply Code of Practice adjudicator if they feel mistreated by UK multiples in the wake of the Tesco £263 million “black hole” affair.

Andrew Park, of APP Wine Law, said he has heard “predictions and forecasts galore” over whether the fallout in the Tesco case will improve relationships between UK multiples and their suppliers.

But he urged suppliers not to wait and see.

“From my dealings with wine suppliers across the globe it’s clear that many feel they are regularly treated unfairly by the UK multiples,” he said. “But what puzzles me is why they don’t complain to the Groceries Code adjudicator, Christine Tacon?

“She has already achieved some success in getting the multiples to change their behaviour, and has assured suppliers she will deal with their complaints confidentially.

“It costs nothing and is risk-free, but Tacon has warned that if suppliers don’t use her, they could lose her.”

Park has produced a free guide on how to get the best out of the Groceries Supply Code of Practice. It is available at appwinelaw.com.




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