Metcash, Tesco accused of bullying suppliers

It’s almost becoming a badge of honour for supermarkets. First we had Coles paying $10m to settle with the ACCC for unconscionable conduct towards suppliers; then we had the ACCC following up on similar allegations against Woolworths. Now lowly Metcash is getting in on the act, with claims it demanded suppliers pay rebates of up to 69% of sales, and even pay for Metcash staff to take overseas business class trips. Meanwhile, in the UK, the new ‘Groceries Code Adjudicator’ is joining the Financial Reporting Council and the Serious Fraud Office in investigating the beleaguered Tesco over claims of the...

It’s almost becoming a badge of honour for supermarkets. First we had Coles paying $10m to settle with the ACCC for unconscionable conduct towards suppliers; then we had the ACCC following up on similar allegations against Woolworths. Now lowly Metcash is getting in on the act, with claims it demanded suppliers pay rebates of up to 69% of sales, and even pay for Metcash staff to take overseas business class trips. Meanwhile, in the UK, the new ‘Groceries Code Adjudicator’ is joining the Financial Reporting Council and the Serious Fraud Office in investigating the beleaguered Tesco over claims of the mistreatment of suppliers.

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