A federal-provincial working group was formed late last year in response to complaints from suppliers that grocery retailers are continually imposing arbitrary fees and fines.

Industry-led Code of Conduct for retailers on horizon

Provincial agriculture ministers encourage industry collaboration to find solution

Reading Time: 2 minutes A report from the federal-provincial working group says the retail sector has levied an increasing number of fees on suppliers, and is proposing the formation of a code of conduct as a potential solution. Canada’s agriculture ministers are now calling on industry to lead the process. They formed the working group to study the issue […] Read more

Grocery retailers have come on board with the creation of a new code of conduct.

Dairy groups call for provinces to oversee grocery code of conduct

Retailer demands are raising costs for consumers and making some suppliers uncompetitive

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canada’s dairy industry is asking for provinces to oversee a code of practice for grocery retailers.  In a letter to federal ministers, leaders from dairy groups say the “best solution” to “arbitrary fees and deductions” would be through “the development of provincial codes that are legislated, mandatory and enforceable.”  Why it matters: Fees charged to […] Read more

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WTO panel to examine U.S. complaint on B.C. wine sale rules

Reading Time: < 1 minute Geneva | Reuters — The World Trade Organization set up a dispute panel on Friday to rule on a U.S. complaint against restrictions in British Columbia on wine sales in grocery stores, a WTO official said. In line with WTO rules, the decision was taken after Canada made its second request at a closed-door meeting […] Read more

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B.C. to defend wine industry against U.S. trade action

Reading Time: < 1 minute Vancouver | Reuters — The British Columbia government said Wednesday it would defend its wine industry against a trade challenge from the U.S., and was confident it was not breaking any international trade rules. Earlier Wednesday, the U.S. said it started action against Canada at the World Trade Organization, accusing B.C. of discriminating against U.S. […] Read more