The Competition Commission has published its final report in its inquiry into the UK grocery market, including measures to improve competition in local areas and to address concerns about relationships between retailers and their suppliers. The recommended measures include a competition test in planning decisions on larger grocery stores; action to prevent land agreements which can restrict entry by competitors; the creation of a new strengthened and extended Groceries Supply Code of Practice; and the creation of an independent Ombudsman to oversee and enforce the Code.
== CC final report ==
== Gluten-free deal ==
Wrexham-based The Village Bakery has agreed a five-year deal with Swiss food company Hero Group to supply it with gluten-free loaves, which will be sold in the UK, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Spain and Portugal. A new £3m plant in Minera will become operational in the summer, employing 25 people and producing four million loaves a year. The Village Bakery (Coedpoeth) is a family business, established in 1964. It employs 185 at its main site in Minera.
== US takeover ==
Greencore Group has bought US chilled food manufacturer Home Made Brand Foods. The US company, based in Newburyport, Massachusetts, manufactures a range of fresh food products, including fresh prepared meals and salads, sandwiches and quiche to customers including regional retailers Stop & Shop, Hannaford and Publix.
== Loyalty scheme ==
The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys will launch an on-pack loyalty scheme this month. Consumers will be able to build up ’fab points’, which can be redeemed for prizes.