With a week left to submit evidence to the Competition Commission’s
(CC) supermarket inquiry, NFUS is urging anyone with concerns over the power
of supermarkets, or evidence of its misuse, to write to the Commission.
NFUS will be submitting its own response on behalf of its members up and
down the country, however the Union is also encouraging individual farmers
or anyone else who has views on the issue to submit their own evidence. The
Competition Commission will consider any request for anonymity from those
The deadline for submitting views to the Competition Commission’s
inquiry is 7 June. Anyone with views should either email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
The Inquiry Secretary (Groceries market inquiry)
NFUS Chief Executive Andy Robertson said:
“We’ve fought hard to get this inquiry so it is vital that the
industry uses the opportunity to raise its concerns. We will be sending in
our own detailed evidence, but this is an opportunity for individual producers
on the ground to raise concerns they may personally have. Irrespective of
whether farmers have direct experience of dealing with supermarkets, this
whole issue is critical to the future of their farm businesses.
“We know that the climate of fear within which too many supermarket
suppliers operate limits the amount hard evidence that will be submitted
now, despite the CC’s willingness to consider anonymity.
“NFUS has been the mouthpiece for these companies up to now; they
are understandably scared of the consequences of speaking out themselves.
However, for this inquiry to get a full grasp of the issues, that must change.
We will be impressing on the CC the need to have closed hearings with full
protection for witnesses.
“In the meantime though, farmers, most of whom are one step removed
from supermarket dealings, have a real opportunity to air their concerns.”
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