Welcome for ombudsman check on supermarkets
PUBLISHED: 09:57 19 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:21 28 March 2014
FEBRUARY 19, 2008: The Tenant Farmers Association has welcomed the news that the
Competition Commission is to recommend that the Office of Fair Trading
should establish an ombudsman’s scheme to adjudicate in disputes
between supermarkets and their suppliers.
“Over the years we have been become increasingly concerned about the dominant role played by supermarkets in the supply chain between farm and fork.
"Whilst it can be argued that consumers have benefited in the short term through low prices for food on supermarket shelves, the long term position is more worrying. Many farmers have been forced out of business because they are unable to produce food to the high animal welfare and environmental standards required of them at the prices the supermarkets have been willing to pay. Livestock and dairy farmers have been particularly badly hit in this way.
"At a time when consumers are demanding more local food with guarantees of provenance, the relationship between the retailers and the suppliers will have to change. I hope that the new ombudsman will play a leading role in that respect” said Mr Dunn.