Bakers Journal

Loblaw announces support for revised Grocery Code of Conduct

May 17, 2024
By Bakers Journal

Brampton, Ont. – Loblaw Companies Limited has announced its support for Canada’s Grocery Code of Conduct.

This decision follows a series of discussions the company held with the Code Interim Board and Working Group over the past six months. The final part of this process will be for all major industry participants to sign the Code.

“We have worked intensively and collaboratively with industry groups so that the Code is clearly drafted and fair for all industry participants,” said Per Bank, president and CEO of Loblaw Companies Limited. “We believe in the value of a code of conduct for the industry and are happy with the progress made. The Code now requires the participation of all major retailers and suppliers to help bring in a new era for Canada’s grocery industry, enhancing the relationship between retailers and suppliers, who both exist to best serve customers.”

The path to the Code was initiated by the Federal-Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Agriculture as a volunteer, industry-led solution. The Code’s more than two-year development has been a collaboration by organizations within the grocery industry – including retailers, processors and manufacturers – to ensure support across the entire supply chain. Throughout this time, a large focus of the consultation was on developing a code that works for small suppliers, consumers and the industry, recognizing the complexities of the Canadian grocery market.


“It is welcome news that Loblaw has agreed to participate in the Grocery Code of Conduct,” said Michael Graydon, chair of the Interim Board for the Code of Conduct. “Within a very complex food system, the vision for the Code has always been based on a fully inclusive, voluntary Code, developed by the grocery industry and managed by its stakeholders across the supply chain. We are one step closer to the implementation of the Code as we continue to work with all industry partners to ensure we have maximum participation by all stakeholders.”

Loblaw said it will continue to work with the industry as the Code is finalized and put into practice.

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