Consultation outcome

The Code – Paragraph 12: payments for better positioning of goods

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This document summarises the responses received to the consultation on payments for better positioning and sets out the GCA’s conclusions.

Original consultation


We're seeking your views on the impact of supplier payments for better positioning of goods to help the GCA decide if guidance is needed.

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Consultation description

The response to this consultation has now been published:

The GCA received a range of responses from suppliers of different products and of varying business size to the consultation. Additionally there was a workshop with suppliers on the issue at the 2016 annual conference and a meeting with trade associations in the summer. Formal written responses were received from the ten regulated retailers and one trade association.

The investigation by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) into Tesco plc uncovered a range of practices relating to payments for better positioning of goods under paragraph 12 of the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (the Code). The consultation considers the proper scope of indirect requirements for payment to secure better positioning of goods or increased shelf space within a store.

Responses to this consultation will help the GCA understand how widespread these practices are among the 10 retailers regulated by the Code, what forms they take, their impact on suppliers and their effect on competition and consumer choice.

Under new Cabinet Office guidance consultations are now digital by default and the consultation can be accessed here The web version of this consultation document is fully interactive and downloadable.

You can reply to this consultation in the following ways:

  • online via the link to the citizen space site;
  • download a pdf version complete and submit by email or post; or
  • send a letter directly to the GCA stating your views.

You may make printed copies of this document without seeking permission.

If required, printed copies or an electronic word version of the consultation document can be requested from:

or by post via

Groceries Code Adjudicator

2nd Floor Victoria House

Southampton Row London WC1B 4DA


Published 27 June 2016
Last updated 15 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. An addendum has been made to the original GCA consultation response document
  2. GCA consultation response
  3. Update on consultation
  4. First published.