Groceries Code Adjudicator powers to enjoy expansion

Expansion of the powers of the Groceries Code Adjudicator is on the agenda post-election.

NFU and Defra want to expand the Competition Appeal Tribunal's role by giving it powers over a wider range of competition cases and making challenges to anti-competitive behaviour quicker

NFU president Meurig Raymond said he was meeting Defra as HW went to press on giving the Groceries Code Adjudicator extra powers, adding: "There's been a huge change in the culture of people in the supply chain. It is now more regulated and there's more written contracts than there ever was, but we want to see fair supply chains back to producer and grower."

He added: "There is the fear factor but the Tory manifesto and David Cameron said they are looking to give more powers to the GCA."

He said the EU was important to British farmers but they wanted less regulation.

He said: "A lot of the Conservative manifesto marries into the NFU's - championing British farming, a 25-year food plan, science-based policy making rather than emotion. We both want to increase exports and grow British farming."

Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon said: "I think we've made some big strides forward with a collaborative approach. We're starting to get evidence things are better."

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