Asda is the worst of Britain’s major supermarkets in its treatment of suppliers, according to the UK grocery regulator’s annual sector survey.
Some 8 per cent of Asda’s suppliers said the Leeds-based grocer “rarely” or “never complied” with the Grocery Supply Code of Practice, according to the 2018 survey which was carried out by YouGov for the Groceries Code Adjudicator.
This was an improvement on last year’s figure of 11 per cent, but it still makes Asda the laggard of Britain’s big four grocers.
The issue of supermarkets’ treatment of suppliers has gained prominence in light of Sainsbury’s proposed merger with Asda.
Sainsbury’s dropped from first place among the big four in last year’s survey to second place with 95 per cent of suppliers saying it complied with the code either “consistently well” or “mostly” and 5 per cent saying it rarely did.
Market leader Tesco was the best performer with figures of 97 per cent and 3 per cent respectively, while Bradford-based Morrisons was third with 93 per cent and 7 per cent.
The survey found discounter Aldi was the most compliant with the code across the whole grocery industry for the fifth year in a row.
The adjudicator, Christine Tacon, said: “My 2018 survey tells a very positive story and it is no coincidence that the four most-improved retailers this year have each faced increased GCA scrutiny and heightened levels of GCA engagement through investigations and case studies.”