The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has confirmed that new grocery legislation, which was drafted over concerns about how supermarket chains were treating suppliers, is about to be signed into law.
According to IrishTimes.com, the department said, “the regulations are currently being finalised and it is hoped to sign them into law in the coming weeks.”
Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton, launched a consultation on new rules to protect suppliers over a year ago.
The Irish Times says that senior members of the grocery industry have been told the new laws will not be especially different from the draft regulations published over 12 months ago.
The legislation has been designed to combat allegations of bullying and manipulation of suppliers by big supermarkets, and has climbed to the top of the agenda after the UK’s Groceries Code Adjudicator this week reprimanded Tesco over its treatment of suppliers in Britain.
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