Scotland might establish grocery supply-chain ombudsman

06/2/2009 | Herald (Glasgow, Scotland), The

Scotland is moving closer to creating an ombudsman position to oversee relationships in the grocery supply chain. James Withers, CEO of the nation's farmers' union, applauded the development. "As farmers, the major supermarkets are our biggest customers and take 80% of the food and drink that we produce from our farms," Withers said. "We need the retailers to sell our produce and they need us to supply them either directly or through a food processor. Having a body to ensure that chain operates fairly for all involved, including consumers, is in everybody's interests."

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