Supplier-distributor relationships tested in the Covid-19 epidemic (Webinar - April 21, 2020)

The health crisis and its consequences have had a direct impact on the trade agreements that had just been signed for the year 2020 between distributors and the food companies that supply them. This situation has led suppliers to think about the different legal mechanisms that could be activated to take into account this exceptional situation on the execution of current contracts (force majeure, unforeseen circumstances, principle of good faith execution of agreements, significant imbalance). The food supply chain has had to face, within a few weeks, extreme tensions and a reconfiguration of consumer demand: this has profoundly modified the flow of food products in France. The public authorities have set up various crisis units with the professional organisations, in order to be able to take measures to enable the food supply chain to hold up. The disorganization of the activity of food companies resulting from the crisis will continue for several months. The spirit of dialogue and strengthened collaboration between suppliers and distributors, which prevailed during the crisis, will have to continue, in order to ensure an optimal supply of products for the benefit of the consumer.

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Overview of supplier-distributor relations in the face of the health crisis Jacques Davy Director of Legal and Fiscal Affairs, Fédération du commerce et de la distribution (FCD), Paris 1. "Whatever it takes..." said the President in mid-March. The immediate consequence of the health crisis is therefore the announcement by the Head of State of an imminent economic crisis, even concomitant with the health crisis. 2. The Covid-19 has brought us all to a standstill, or rather "at rest", in our more or less adapted confinement spaces, perhaps already experienced in recent social crises, where we have been able to meditate on what life was like before the state

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  • Federation of Commerce and Distribution - FCD (Paris)
  • Institute for Consumer Business Liaison - ILEC (Paris)
  • ANIA (Paris)


Jacques Davy, Daniel Diot, Valérie Weil-Lancry, Supplier-distributor relationships tested in the Covid-19 epidemic (Webinar - April 21, 2020), September 2020, Concurrences N° 3-2020, Art. N° 96001,

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