Grocery trade is an important part of society

The Finnish Grocery Trade Association (in Finnish: Päivittäistavarakauppa ry PTY) is a lobbyist for the grocery retail trade and foodservice wholesale trade in industrial and social policy decision-making processes. Through business policy initiatives, supply chain development, co-operation projects and services, the Association wants to improve and develop the overall operating conditions of the grocery trade.

The objective is that the grocery trade acts in an environment of free competition and is known as a responsible sector and an operator that takes the consumers’ interest into account.

In addition to industrial lobbying, the Finnish Grocery Trade Association develops sector-wide, non-competitive operational models promoting efficiency and the realisation of social responsibility as well as co-operation throughout the value chain.

The grocery trade operations are vital in order for society to work and the everyday life of consumers to continue smoothly. Trade plays a significant role as a foundation block of society, ensuring services and the habitability of the entire country and providing employment opportunities.

The trade sector employs some 290,000 people, approximately 80,000 of whom work in the grocery trade, department store trade and foodservice wholesales.