IFA President John Bryan has said that Minister Richard Bruton is 'dithering' on the issue of introducing a code of practice for retailer-supplier relations.
Bryan was addressing an IFA protest outside the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation yesterday, following protests in city centre retail outlets including Dunnes and Lidl.
“The decisions of multiples such as Dunnes and Lidl set in train a sequence of events that has undermined the livelihoods of hundreds of vegetable and potato growers and small, family-run fruit and veg shops around the country," he said.
"It is also very disappointing that other retailers felt the need to match these ludicrous prices.”
The IFA’s Eddie Downey questioned why Aldi and Lidl are not giving away dry, non-perishable goods that they enthusiastically import, and make massive margins on.
Retailers involved in the dispute have sought to clarify their position, saying they are bearing the cost of these promotions.
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