'We're not ashamed' - Spar group marketing director

2009-07-06 00:00

“WE’RE not ashamed of our processes,” Spar Group marketing director Roelf Venter told Weekend Witness this week.

He said the core focus of the investigation launched into the major supermarket chains last week by the Competition Commission does not centre on price fixing and warned against a “trial by media”.

The group is certain the investigation will show the industry to be the most competitive in the country. Most of the supermarket chains being investigated have had similar reactions.

Venter and his counterparts at Spar’s rivals say they have nothing to hide. Mike Prentice, Spar Group’s merchandise executive, told Weekend Witness that buyers in the group focus on getting the best deal for the customer.

He added that they operate in a very competitive industry as all the major groups chase the same customer.

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