Aldi has topped the league table of the Groceries Code Adjudicator’s annual survey for the fourth consecutive year.
The supermarket was the most compliant with the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCoP), with Sainsbury’s ranking the highest of the big four.
Tony Baines, managing director of Buying for Aldi, said the company was ‘incredibly proud’.
He said: ”We recognise that pressure on supply chains is increasing across the retail sector, but our approach will not change.
“We will continue to build long-term relationships with suppliers that are fair, sustainable and predictable.”
It came as Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon told delegates at the GCA annual conference on Monday (June 26) that only 56 per cent of direct suppliers surveyed had experienced one or more code-related issues in the past year.
She said her ’top five’ issues concerned delays in payments, forecasting and promotions, payments for better positioning and pay to stay terms.
Of the 1,220 participating suppliers, the biggest issue reported was a delay in payments.
Consumer complaints had dropped more than two thirds since the first GCA survey in 2014, with now only 12 per cent of suppliers noting it an issue.
“I am also pleased to report that suppliers are recognising that Tesco is continuing to improve; as is Morrisons, following a step change in its engagement with suppliers,” Ms Tacon said.
“My survey is showing that the clarity I provided on delay in payments in the report of the investigation into Tesco and through working collaboratively with retailers has been valuable to suppliers and retailers alike.”