Some of grocery’s biggest hitters debated the industry’s main issues - including the code of conduct - at Food and Drink Expo.
Sir Don Curry, head of the UK Commission for the Future of Farming and Food, said the code in its current form was “tarnished” for good but called on industry to build on it “rather than scrap it completely”.
Safeway communications director Kevin Hawkins branded the code a “dead duck” and wanted a revamped version to include more retailers, not just the big multiples.
IGD chief executive Joanne Denney-Finch also wanted any new code to be more inclusive, while Unilever Bestfoods sales director Tony Smith said he doubted a revamped version could work while it relied on producers to invoke it in the first place.