Grocery Sector Regulations
On the 30 April 2016, the Grocery Goods Regulations (Regulations) took effect, placing obligations on grocery businesses in Ireland. The purpose of the Regulations is to facilitate greater certainty and transparency in the dealings between suppliers of food and drink and grocery businesses. The CCPC is responsible for monitoring compliance, investigating complaints and, where appropriate, taking enforcement action.
The Regulations apply to retailers and wholesalers of food and drink operating in Ireland, who have, or are part of a wider group that has, a worldwide turnover in excess of €50 million. All businesses that fall under the remit of the Regulations must familiarise themselves with the new obligations and take steps to ensure that they are in compliance. Suppliers of grocery goods are also encouraged to familiarise themselves with the Regulations and engage with wholesalers/retailers that they supply on the changes arising from the new Regulations.
Notice of Annual Compliance Reporting Requirements
Under the Regulations all Relevant Grocery Goods Undertakings (RGGUs) are required to submit an annual compliance report to the CCPC detailing their compliance with these Regulations.
The report due covers the period from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. A copy of the template report can be viewed here. The report is accompanied by guidance to assist RGGUs in completing the annual compliance reports.
Due to the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 virus, the date for submission was extended to 31 July 2020 to receive 2019 annual compliance reports.
Queries relating to the Regulations can be emailed to email@example.com. Any complaints alleging non-compliance by RGGUs with the provisions of the Regulations should be sent via post to: Consumer Protection Division, CCPC, Bloom House, Railway Street, Dublin 1, D01 C576 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.