The Groceries Code Adjudicator: statutory review, 2016 to 2019 report was published on 16 July 2020.
The government report concludes that:
- the GCA continues to be highly effective in enforcing the Code and in exercising its powers
- the government will not amend or replace the Groceries Code Adjudicator (Permitted Maximum Financial Penalty) Order 2015 which provides the maximum financial penalty the GCA may impose
- no order will be made to restrict the information the GCA may consider in deciding whether to carry out an investigation
The overall evidence from the review also suggested there is still a need for the GCA to ensure retailers comply with the requirements of the Groceries Code. Some responses to the review indicated that some suppliers are still reluctant to raise issues with the GCA. The government report recognises the steps the current GCA has taken to encourage suppliers to raise issues. It makes a commitment to work with the next GCA to help suppliers feel empowered to raise issues with the GCA and their retailers directly.