Harper Adams University's Christine Tacon named as groceries adjudicator

Harper Adams University governor Christine Tacon has been appointed as Groceries Code Adjudicator by the government.

Christine Tacon - image: Harper Adams University
Christine Tacon - image: Harper Adams University

Tacon, a former managing director of The Co-operative Farms who was awarded a CBE for services to agriculture in 2004, will be responsible for enforcing the Groceries Supply Code of Practice, which regulates dealings between the ten largest supermarkets and their suppliers.

Consumer and Competition Minister Jo Swinson said: "This is an incredibly important position in the retail groceries sector making sure that large supermarkets treat their suppliers fairly and lawfully.

"Ms Tacon has a wide range of experience in the food, retail and farming industry and her appointment is a real milestone."

Tacon said: "I am sure that if we can increase trust between retailers and their direct suppliers, it will lead to greater efficiency and can only have a beneficial impact on the rest of the supply chain."

The Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill, which will formally create the office of the Adjudicator, is currently before Parliament. Tacon will act as Adjudicator-Designate until the office of the Adjudicator is established by law, when she will formally take up the four-year appointment.


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