A row has erupted between Nisa-Today's and Select & Save over the buying group's decision to implement a controversial system of charges for its members.
Retailers who order fewer than 200 cases a week will now be subject to the new Nisaway Low Weekly Order Volume levy, and will receive a £20 charge for that week.
Meanwhile, from October 1, any store ordering a combined quantity across the temperature-controlled range of fewer than 75 cases a week will be subject to the first phase of the new Chill/Freeze order levy, and will receive a £10 charge for that week. Members not placing an order on a scheduled day will also be charged £10.
Select & Save has slammed Nisa's decision, and said that no charges would be paid by any of its retailers.
"We feel it is deeply unfair of Nisa to charge retailers in this way, especially given the pressure they are already under," Select & Save director Kam Sanghera told C-Store.
Select & Save would therefore absorb any costs handed down to its retailers, he added.
Nisa-Today's chief executive Neil Turton said the charges had been introduced to help protect its members against the rising costs associated with low drops and missed orders.
The group had issued a letter to members in July outlining the levies and how best to avoid them, he added.