A buyers’ charter being developed by the NFU will include provisions for contracts involving flowers and plants as well as edible fresh produce.
The charter, an alternative to the supermarket code of practice, will apply to DIY outlets, such as Homebase, garden centres and multiples.
The NFU is consulting on the charter with the British Retail Consortium and the Food and Drink Federation. It is expected to be launched this month.
The voluntary charter will set out standards of acceptable buying behaviour. Companies that participate will be independently audited to ensure they meet its requirements.