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NMa published English translation of study 'Pricing in the Agri-food sector'

A study carried out by the Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa) in December 2009 has offered insight into the costs and margins in the food production chain in the Netherlands, from producer to supermarket, for these products: potatoes, onions, cucumbers, bell peppers, apples, bread and eggs. The NMa looked into the price-formation mechanism in the Dutch food and agro-processing industry. Its study's main conclusions reveal that on the one hand that in the period of 2005-2008, supermarkets were unable to unilaterally raise prices profitably at the expense of producers and consumers and on the other hand that retail prices of these products largely consist of costs of wholesalers and supermarkets.

By making the price-information mechanism in the studied production chains transparent, the NMa wants tot stimulate competition in the agri-food industry. The study is now also available in English. In the beginning of February 2010 the NMa will sit down with senior representatives of the food an agricultural industry and discuss the results with them in a round-table discussion.

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