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Traidcraft calls for supermaket watchdog

Feb 19

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8 in 10 shoppers want a watchdog to monitor supermarkets treatment of suppliers.

According to a poll commissioned by Traidcraft, 8 in 10 shoppers want a watchdog appointed to monitor and penalise supermarkets which treat suppliers unfairly.

Traidcraft said in the YouGov survey, 81 percent of people interviewed branded as unacceptable supermarkets’ behaviour such as paying suppliers less than agreed sums and fining them for short deliveries despite less than a day’s notice.
Of all 2,124 people interviewed in the late November 2008 poll, 59 percent would consider switching to another supermarket if they found the chain where they did their main shopping had carried out these practices.

Traidcraft said that of all retailers Tesco, which is poised to post record profits of £3bn this year, is particularly guilty of bullying farmers into cutting prices by more than they can afford.

Fiona Gooch of Traidcraft said: “With the vast majority of shoppers wanting an ombudsman to curb supermarkets which exploit their power by intimidating suppliers, supermarkets ignore this message at their peril.”

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