The CC published its final report on the market investigation into the supply of groceries in the UK on 30 April 2008. The report set out the CC’s findings that there are features of the markets for the supply of groceries which adversely affect competition in the UK. One of these features was the exercise of buyer power by certain grocery retailers with respect to their suppliers of groceries, through the adoption of supply chain practices that transfer excessive risks and unexpected costs to those suppliers.

To address the adverse effect on competition arising from these grocery chain practices, the CC has decided on a package of remedies to address the adverse effect on competition and the consequential detrimental effects on customers. This Order gives effect to part of these remedies.