Discuss with us!

Login with



New registration

If you are not a participant, you can register here.

Our comment and community guidelines

The purpose of this platform is exchange. The comment function should make a factual discussion possible. In order to warrant this, the editorial staff reserves the right to delete comments which are detrimental to such a discussion or do not refer to it. There is no entitlement to publication.
More information can be found in our Comment-Guidelines.

Position: Report of the European Parliament on unfair trading practices (UTP)


Manufacturers, suppliers and traders must work together closely and trustfully, because only fair cooperation of all stakeholders along the supply chain guarantees the quality of products as well as customer satisfaction in the long term. To this end, METRO GROUP has actively participated in discussions at European level on the relationships between the various actors of the supply chain.

A study conducted on behalf of the European Commission in 2015 examined the developments in the Member States concerning unfair trade practices, as well as the experiences of participants and non-participants of the Supply Chain Initiative. The study concludes that there is currently no need to regulate unfair trade practices at EU level. In contrast, the report of the European Parliament on UTP partially blames the trade industry for the current problems faced by farmers, calls for Europe-wide regulations and is highly critical of trademarks, among other things.

METRO GROUP is committed to transparent and trusting relationships with its business partners and is convinced that a legal regulation of trade practices in the food supply chain at EU level is not the right solution to tackle potential problems between the various actors.
(Read more – Position paper)

Also have a look at:
Position European Retail Roundtable ERRT
Supply Chain Initiative