The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine will launch its report on improving equity and transparency in the grocery sector later this morning.
The report, ‘The Grocery Goods Sector: Increasing equity and transparency in producer-processor-retailer relationships’, follows seven meetings undertaken by the Committee earlier this year.
“Over the course of seven meetings earlier this year, the Committee sought to explore the relationship between supermarkets and primary and secondary food producers," said Committee Chairman Andrew Doyle TD. "Farming and the food industry make an enormous ongoing contribution to the Irish economy and, in particular, to rural communities in every corner of the country. It is essential to do everything in our power to ensure an equitable food supply chain for all stakeholders."
It is thought that the report will set in place guidelines ahead of the introduction of a long-anticipated Code of Practice for the grocery sector, which is part of the current Programme for Government.
Doyle added that the Committee's report "outlines a series of commonsense, practical and actionable recommendations which, if implemented, can bolster the Irish food sector in its relationships with retailers.”
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