Suppliers are to get protection from a special ombudsman in their dealings with big supermarkets to ensure fair competition but there is little in the Commissions recomendations to really worry the big players.
The Competition Commission has recommended that an ombudsman be appointed to resolve disputes between retailers and their food suppliers who will have the power to impose a code of practice and award compensation if it is breached.
Proposed changes to planning laws could also give shoppers a wider choice of supermarkets in their local areas because the Competition Commission decided that the problem with supermarkets is a lack of competition between them.
The new code will ban supermarkets from retrospectively changing the terms of contracts with suppliers.
The plan also includes measures to stop retailers imposing restrictions on who can build on land they sell off with local authorities being advised to implement a "competition test" when deciding whether to give planning permission for new large supermarkets.
The big four supermarkets broadly welcomed the decision, although Tesco said a new ombudsman could be bureaucratic and an "unnecessary cog" in the supply chain.
There is also a proposed five-year time limit on the exclusivity agreements between supermarkets and local authorities that prevent rivals setting up shop nearby.
However, the plans do not require supermarkets, many of which have huge land banks, to sell either land or stores.
The code of practise, which sets out how supermarkets should treat their suppliers, was created in response to the Competition Commission's last major investigation into the grocery sector in 2000.
A new version will be created that includes all grocery retailers with turnover greater than £1bn.
Interested parties now have three weeks to comment on these recommendations before the final report is published in April.
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