Oireachtas Committee close to completing hearings with final meeting

Agriculture Committee examining relationship between supermarkets and primary and secondary food producers



16 July 2013

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The Oireachtas Agriculture Committee met with the Competition Authority and the National Consumer Agency last week in what’s thought to be the end of the hearings on the issue of retailers and food producers. The committee has met with several representative groups over the last number of months including retailers, farmers, lobby groups and multiples. The series of hearings has centered on the relationship between retailers and primary and secondary food producers. The hearings have focused on the proposed code of conduct for the grocery sector, pricing issues and support for the Irish agri-food industry.

The committee met with with the Competition Authority and the National Consumer Agency to discuss several of the issues facing the retail sector including labelling and support for local produce. Speaking before the meeting, chairman of the Committee Andrew Doyle said: "The Committee has heard from retailers and their representative organisations, as well as with the representatives of farmers and producers in recent months. Discussions with Competition Authority and the National Consumer Agency will be a valuable opportunity to assess the policy perspectives of both bodies on the relationship between supermarkets and food processors and producers. The views expressed will flow into a report that the Committee intends to publish on the matter."

The report into the committee’s hearings is expected to be published in the coming months.




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