Naming and shaming supermarkets that fall foul of the new Groceries Code Adjudicator would force multiples to respect buyer-supplier relationships by undermining investor confidence.
That's the view of Sir Don Curry, architect of the watershed Farming and Food: A Sustainable Future report in 2002, which lifted the lid on abusive practices and set out the first framework for policing one of the most contentious areas of grocery.
In a shot across the bows of retailers who have complained that the new regulator's power to grant suppliers anonymity offends natural justice, Sir Don said: "If retailers understood that any reference to the Adjudicator will be in the public domain, it will act as a serious discipline."
Sir Don, who goes further than the Commission in wanting supermarkets named at the start of the investigation process, said he was disappointed that supply chain relationships had failed to make the progress he had envisaged.
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