Extend Groceries Code Adjudicator's remit to other food buyers and to ornamentals, says NFU

The NFU has called for more retailers, food service and food manufacturers be included in the Groceries Code Adjudicator's remit, which is currently under review, and for ornamental plants to be included as "groceries".

NFU president Meurig Raymond - image: HW
NFU president Meurig Raymond - image: HW

NFU president Meurig Raymond said: "The NFU believes more retailers, food service and food manufacturers should fall under the scope of the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) to ensure the principles of fair trading are inherent across the whole supply chain."

He added: ""The NFU is also calling for the £2 billion ornamental sector to be brought under the GSCOP legislation. Direct suppliers do not fall within the definition of 'groceries' in the GSCOP, so suppliers of flowers and plants to UK supermarkets do not have the protection the GSCOP or GCA provide."

He praised the work of GCA Christine Tacon since her work as GCA began in June 2013, saying: "The power of the GCA’s presence has enabled a change in retailer behaviour and therefore this way of working now needs to be replicated throughout the whole supply chain."

In October the Government launched a call for evidence to explore the case for extending the GCA's remit, alongside a statutory review of the position, both of which concluded yesterday (10 January). The results of both are expected shortly.


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