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Assembly Member welcomes power for Grocery Code Adjudicator to fine supermarkets

December 4, 2012 5:43 PM

The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has welcomed the news that the new Grocery Code Adjudicator will be able to fine large supermarkets who deal with suppliers unfairly.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have long campaigned for a fair deal for farmers and suppliers. The UK Coalition Government has now listened to concerns from stakeholders and given the Adjudicator more teeth to protect farmers and other small suppliers.

Mr Black said:

"All too often, farmers and smaller local and regional food producers find themselves dominated, and their income squeezed, by the massive buying power of the major UK supermarkets.

"The Welsh Liberal Democrats have long campaigned for a strong and independent regulator with real powers that can force the supermarkets to treat farmers and smaller food producers fairly.

"Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government fought hard to establish this regulator so that these two vital sectors have the opportunity to grow and create much-needed jobs.

"The Liberal Democrats are working hard to create a stronger economy. That can't happen unless everyone is treated fairly. That is why the beefed-up powers for the Grocery Code Adjudicator are an important step forward."