Groceries Code Adjudicator appointed
The Government has appointed Christine Tacon to the newly created role of Groceries Code Adjudicator.
Ms Tacon will be responsible for enforcing the Groceries Supply Code of Practice, which regulates interactions between the ten largest supermarkets and their direct suppliers.
She will have the power to launch investigations into suspected breaches of the Code, including those arising from confidential complaints from any source.
Where there is evidence of a breach, the Adjudicator can make recommendations against a supermarket, require them to publish details of their breach, or impose a fine.
Ms Tacon will also have the power to arbitrate disputes between large supermarkets and their direct suppliers.
Christine Tacon’s career so far has combined her commercial expertise with her understanding of the food chain and the public sector.
She is a Chartered Engineer with 12 years experience in sales and marketing of fast moving consumer goods (Mars, Anchor and Vodafone) and ran the Co-operative Group’s farming business, the largest in the UK, for 11 years until 2012.
She was awarded a CBE for services to agriculture in 2004.