Commenting on the announcement by Nick Herbert MP, Conservative Shadow Environment Minister, confirming Conservative Party support for a Grocery Ombudsman, John Drummond, Chief Executive of the Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) said;
“The establishment of a Grocery Ombudsman was one of the recommendations announced by the Competition Commission following their inquiry into the grocery market. However, the Government’s delay over the recommendations has enabled the supermarkets to continue to use practices in their supplier dealings that were found to be to the detriment of consumers.
“I welcome this announcement. Without a Grocery Ombudsman the Grocery Suppliers Code of Practice is toothless.”