Aldi has notched up a record eighth year as the UK’s leading supermarket when it comes to treating suppliers fairly, according to an annual survey by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA), the regulator for the sector.
The UK’s lowest priced supermarket has taken first place in the GCA’s annual survey in respect to “overall assessment of compliance” with the Groceries Supply Code of Practice.
It has also been awarded its highest score in five years – scoring 98% this year, compared to a score of 97% in 2021 – showcasing its ongoing commitment to supplier relationships.
Tesco and M&S also scored strongly, with compliance scores of 97% and 96.5% respectively. The figures reflect a strong year for M&S, which languished in the bottom three of the table in 2021. This year, that space was reserved for Lidl, Morrisons and Iceland, which scored 84%, 86% and 87%, respectively.
Aldi also remained top in the suppliers’ “assessment of whether retailers conduct trading relationships with suppliers fairly, in good faith and without duress”.
Aldi UK & Ireland boss Giles Hurley said: “We are incredibly proud of this achievement as the code reflects retailers’ relationships with suppliers, and importantly helps to ensure that they are being treated fairly.
“Many of our suppliers have partnered with us since we entered the UK market over thirty years ago. We fundamentally believe that these relationships should be based on fairness, trust and longevity providing certainty and security.”
Hurley also spoke of Aldi’s emphasis on “efficiency and simplicity” with a streamlined product range and focus on own-label brands, which he describes as “the foundation” of the retailer’s “success in transforming the grocery sector”.
“We are committed to building long-term relationships with suppliers and paying them a fair price while helping customers with the cost of their food shop.”