Canadian Produce Marketing Association Applauds Loblaw's Support of Canada’s Grocery Code of Conduct; Ron Lemaire and Michael Graydon Discuss

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Fri. May 17th, 2024 - by Chandler James

CANADA - Welcoming one of the largest retail forces in the country, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) shared Loblaw Companies will support Canada’s Grocery Code of Conduct.

Ron Lemaire, President, Canadian Produce Marketing Association

“We are delighted that Loblaw has committed to be part of this Code,” said Ron Lemaire, CPMA President. “As a founding member of the initial Working Group struck to develop the code and member of the new Interim Board, CPMA has been actively collaborating with all stakeholders in the Code’s development and will continue to do so to support its implementation across the supply chain.”

The Code was created to promote transparency and fair dealing as products move across the supply chain from suppliers to stores to Canadian homes. Its objectives include:

  • Contributing to a thriving and competitive grocery industry
  • Promoting reciprocal trust and collaboration amongst grocery value chain partners based on clear standards for fair dealing
  • Allowing all parties governed by the Code to make informed business decisions in a context of commercial certainty, governed by clear agreements
  • Providing an effective, equitable mechanism for resolving commercial disputes
Michael Graydon, Chair, Grocery Code of Conduct Interim Board

"We welcome the news that Loblaw has agreed to participate in the Grocery Code of Conduct,” said Michael Graydon, Chair. “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. Today's announcement by Loblaw brings us one step closer to the implementation of the Code as we continue to work with all industry partners to ensure we have maximum participation.”

According to a press release, the Code’s development, initiated by the Federal-Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Agriculture, has been a collaborative effort involving retailers, processors, and manufacturers.

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) shared that Loblaw Companies will support Canada’s Grocery Code of Conduct

Recognizing the complexities of the Canadian grocery market, the association said this collaborative approach ensures the Code supports small stakeholders and the industry.

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