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Supermarkets – Delisting under GSCOP & the need for Reasonable Notice

The government introduced regulations which obliges supermarkets to take a number of steps before delisting suppliers. Those obligations are set out at paragraph 15 of GSCOP. In practical terms, supermarkets are obliged to give a supplier reasonable notice of their intention to delist and can only do this if they have genuine commercial reasons.

In our experience, supermarkets have on occasions failed to provide reasonable notice and a dispute ensues. We have considerable experience of advising on such matters. Indeed, the specific delisting guidance provided by the Groceries Code Adjudicator in 2016 was prompted by a case that we ran on behalf of one large fresh produce supplier.

If you wish to discuss any issue which you have relating to a delisting, with a potential or actual, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss matters: [email protected].