Grocery code must protect producers

IFA President John Bryan has welcomed the publication of the Travers Report setting out details of the draft statutory code of practice for the grocery goods sector.

IFA President John Bryan has welcomed the publication of the Travers Report setting out details of the draft statutory code of practice for the grocery goods sector.

He commented, “Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Richard Bruton TD must ensure that the code also prioritises more equity in the food supply chain for primary producers as well as consumers. In particular retailers must be held responsible for the impact their pricing policies have on the viability of primary producers.”

“Retailer dominance and their predatory business practices has resulted in the loss of jobs and bankrupted Irish businesses by driving down prices to farmers and small suppliers to unviable levels as they protect their own excessive margins. The statutory code must address this fundamental flaw and ensure that all players in the food supply chain receive “Fair Play”.

Mr Bryan also said that the statutory code must include penalties to ensure that the retailers comply with the code.