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First Groceries Code Adjudicator is Christine Tacon

Published:  21 January, 2013

Christine Tacon has been appointed as the first independent Groceries Code Adjudicator.

TextChristine Tacon has been appointed as the first independent Groceries Code Adjudicator.


Tacon will be responsible for enforcing the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP), which regulates interactions between supermarkets with an annual turnover of £1bn and their suppliers.
She will also have the power to launch investigations into suspected breaches of the Code, including those arising from confidential complaints.

If she finds that a retailer has breached GSCOP, Tacon will be able to impose a fine, make recommendations against the supermarket, and require them to publish details of their breach.
She will also have the power to arbitrate disputes between large supermarkets and their direct suppliers.

Tacon ran the Co-operative Group's farming business, the largest in the UK, for 11 years until 2012 and was awarded a CBE for services to agriculture in 2004. She has further fmcg experience from sales and marketing roles at Mars, Anchor and Vodafone, and chairs the BRC rural affairs advisory committee. She is also a non-executive director of Anglia Farmers and Farmway Ltd and chair of investment business UK Farming plc.


Tacon said she was honoured to have been given the chance to "make a permanent and enduring difference to the groceries sector."


"Coming from a commercial background, I am sure that if we can increase trust between retailers and their direct suppliers, it will lead to greater efficiency and can only have a beneficial impact on the rest of the supply chain," she said.


She will be paid £69,000 per year for the three-day a week job when the office is formally established by law, likely to be in the spring.

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