Small suppliers stick to a code of silence

The food and grocery supply code may embolden larger suppliers to speak out against unfairness in supermarket conduct, but will it help small and family-sized businesses?

The recently released food and grocery supply code is good news for small and family businesses. But none of the family businesses approached by Business Spectator were willing to go on the record about their experiences with Coles and Woolworths. This reticence comes from a fear that speaking out will impair their future dealings.

Of the thousands of businesses that supply these two retailers, the vast majority are small and medium-sized. These are the ones who have been dominated by the retailers.

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