The Government consultation will focus on who should be the ombudsman and how much power they should wield. It also wants views on how punishments and appeals should work and how the ombudsman's team should be funded and accessed.
This follows a Competition Commission recommendation last August that the Government should anoint a grower guardian to enforce the new groceries supply code of practice. The ombudsman will punish retailers for non-compliance.
A Competition Commission report in 2008 found that "some large retailers are transferring excessive risk and unexpected costs to suppliers", which could stymie innovation and investment.
The deadline for views is 30 April - contact GSCOPmonitoringbody@bis.gsi.gov.uk.