Guidance

Groceries (Supply Chain Practices) Market Investigation Order

This order requires the UK's large grocery retailers to follow the Groceries Supply Code of Practice.

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Groceries (Supply Chain Practices) Market Investigation Order 2009

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Explanatory Note

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Details

The 10 largest grocery retailers in the UK are required to comply with the Groceries (Supply Chain Practices) Market Investigation Order 2009 (the Order) and the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP). The Order and the GSCOP are designed to reduce potential consumer detriment. They control practices that transfer excessive risks and unexpected costs to suppliers, and have an impact on suppliers’ quality, innovation and willingness to invest.

The Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) deals with issues related to the GSCOP.

The Order also requires:

  • all supply agreements to be in writing
  • the introduction of a disputes mechanism
  • compliance reports to be sent to the CMA and the GCA

The CMA’s report

The Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) report on compliance summarises the main observations of the CMA’s review of the 10 Designated Retailers’ Groceries Supply Agreements. It also includes a checklist to help Designated Retailers in dealing with suppliers and compliance with Supply Agreements.

Published 4 August 2009
Last updated 12 July 2016 + show all updates
  1. Report on compliance with the Order published.
  2. First published.