Wragge & Co's food sector specialists consider the most recent statement of policy in this sector, as given by Joaquín Almunia, Vice President of the Commission responsible for Competition Policy.
On or around 25 June 2013, the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) will, finally, have statutory powers to enforce the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP).
Following increased lobbying from stakeholders in the supply chain and MPs, the Government has given the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) the power to fine supermarkets who fail to comply with the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (Code).
This month's Queen's Speech announced the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Bill, which we highlighted in our earlier alert. As expected, the Bill was one of the first to be introduced to Parliament in this new session.
A year ago this month, the draft Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) bill was issued by the Government. As discussed in our earlier alert, this set out the need for the GCA, its role and powers of enforcement, and invited comments from stakeholders.
The European Commission has responded to mounting concerns regarding the rising cost of food in the EU by launching its own internal Food Task Force within the Directorate-General of Competition.
After announcing plans to establish the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA), an independent body to monitor and enforce the revised Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP), the Government issued a draft GCA Bill in May.
On 3 August 2010, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills announced the Government's decision to establish an independent body to monitor and enforce the revised Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP).
Reputation is crucial in the food sector. Food outlets should therefore take a close look at the new Food Hygiene Rating Scheme for England, Wales and Northern Ireland launched by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in partnership with local authorities.
Workplace pension reform emerged this week relatively unscathed from a government review of the policy (Making automatic enrolment work: A review for the DWP).
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the Department for Work and Pensions have issued a joint consultation on the Government's proposal to phase out the default retirement age.
Last week, the Labour Party, Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats rolled out their manifestos ahead of the general election on 6 May 2010.
Each manifesto alludes to the GSCOP which came into force on 4 February 2010 through The Groceries (Supply Chain Practices) Market Investigation Order 2009.
The Groceries (Supply Chain Practices Market Investigation) Order 2009 (GSCOP) came into effect on 4 February 2010. The Order requires certain supermarkets to have written terms with the majority of their suppliers of goods for resale in place.
In the Diageo North America, Inc r v Intercontinental Brands case the owners of the famous 'Smirnoff' brand of vodka have succeeded in establishing extended passing off against InterContinental Brands in respect of its Vodkat alcoholic beverage.
On 4 February 2010 the Groceries (Supply Chain Practices Market Investigation) Order 2009 (the Order) comes into effect.
Any business involved in the manufacture, preparation, storage, service or sale of food, even if only in the staff canteen, needs to be aware of and deal with the vast array of regulation with which it is required to comply.
The Carbon Reduction Commitment is a mandatory emissions trading scheme. To be introduced under powers taken in the Climate Change Act 2008 its twin aims are to improve energy efficiency and reduce the UK's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
Although litigation should always be conducted in a cost-effective manner, in periods of economic downturn this becomes increasingly more important.
We live in an ever more regulated age. European and global markets are increasingly regulated and this trend looks set to continue.
Although service of a statutory demand or winding-up petition on a company is a blunt and unsophisticated debt recovery tool, it will often have the desired effect for a creditor as they are seldom ignored and ignored only at the company's peril.
The threat of insolvency proceedings against a corporate debtor can greatly assist a creditor's primary objective of getting paid, preferably in advance of everyone else.
With the effect of the global credit crunch hitting national and international trade, sellers should take a close look at their standard terms and conditions of sale to ensure that they have a valid retention of title (ROT) clause.
Surviving the economic downturn is not just about looking after your own business. Monitoring the performance of significant customers/suppliers can be crucial to your financial performance.
The Nutrition and Health Claims Regulations 1925/2006, effective from 1 July 2007, are the first piece of specific legislation that places controls on the use of nutrition and health claims in the advertising and labelling of foods.
For a number of reasons you may wish to consider whether you can terminate a contractual relationship you have entered into. During periods of economic downturn the instances of this are greater.
Rules covering non-cash benefits will change this year for pregnant employees with a childbirth expectance week of 5 October 2008 or later.
The courts and tribunals have been busy as ever, delivering decisions in discrimination cases.
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The Competition Commission's (CC) final report on competition in the grocery market has been published today, following a three-year investigation. The verdict is largely a clean bill of health for the supermarket chains.