Coles, Woolworths sign grocery code of conduct

 In Australia, Coles, NewZealand, Woolworths

Australia’s two largest supermarket Coles and Woolworths have agreed they will provide greater certainty and clarity about their dealings with suppliers without adding complexity or cost to the consumer goods sector.

This comes after the two companies signed in agreement with the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) a voluntary industry code of conduct that will govern the retailer-supplier trading relationship.

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Under the code, Woolworths and Coles will face tougher restrictions on retrospective and unilateral variations to grocery supply agreements and will be prohibited from using suppliers’ intellectual property to develop private label products. There will also be greater transparency on shelf allocation for branded and private label products.

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“The Agreement on the terms of the Code is the culmination of many months of discussions between the parties and highlights constructive dialogue and goodwill across the sector. It is hoped other retailers and industry groups agree to the Code,” the AFGC said in a statement.

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This agreement has been welcomed by the federal government with belief this will create balance in relationships between retailers and suppliers. Retail Biz – Read more…

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