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Supermarket Food Mark Ups
At the time of writing (the summer of 2002) there is a government investigation into this - particularly when producers prices fall, and there isn"t a reciprocal fall in the shops. We have obtained figures that show the following are the expected supermarket mark-ups on the following items - often meaning the farmer is paid very little:
Lamb (per kilo) 280%
Beef (per kilo) 239%
Pork (per kilo) 224%
Milk (per litre) 253%
Eggs (per dozen) 439%
Chicken (broiler) 215%
Apples (per kilo)198%
Pears (per kilo) 211%
While these are averages, they show, for instance, how precarious it is being a producer.
More than often, local suppliers are ignored by supermarkets, who would rather buy in enormous bulk - too often from abroad, when fresher local supplies are at hand.
In France, there have bee trial runs where supermarkets have had to give dual pricing (buying and selling), but French farmers say that so far it hasn"t improved the terms they receive for their products.
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