Agriculture and food industry. ABEA requests feedback by industry and segment on the EGalim Act

“Minimum prices” are part of Emmanuel Macron’s announcement at the Agricultural Show. If the head of state sees it as a means of maintaining a decent income for farmers, this measure raises serious reservations from the Breton Agri-Food Association (ABEA). will meet for three days in Rennes and until March 14 all agricultural food suppliers, its president Rémi Cristoforetti condemns this new bill and recalls the issue of food sovereignty.

In the foreground, left, Rémi Cristoforetti, President of ABEA, then Arnaud Lecuyer, Vice-President responsible for Agriculture, Agri-Food and Food in the Brittany Region, Marie Kieffer, Director General of ABEA

The 2018 EGalim Law, strengthened in 2021 and then in 2023, aims to balance trade relations between the agricultural world and the various links in the agri-food chain. It does not set a minimum price, but a “price tunnel” (or range): the minimum and maximum limits between which the selling price can vary, theoretically taking into account production prices. It is supposed to preserve farmers’ incomes and today requires ” feedback by industry a by market segment, as within the same industry these costs vary widely depending on farm size, location, type of farming, etc. » believes Rémi Cristoforetti, president of ABEA. As regards floor prices announced Emmanuel Macron in response to the agricultural crisis : ” it’s not a good idea. We don’t believe it at all. If the set price is too high, it risks leading to market distortion and overproduction. » This happened especially in the dairy sector in the 1970s with guaranteed prices higher than the world level. The result: European production quickly exceeded consumption. “HE HASConversely, if the minimum price is set too low, many farmers will be unhappy. »

Inflation on private labels of the first price

ABEA also looks at how inflation affects volumes in its latest economic report. ” Here we see thatThe only product category to benefit from volume growth is Premiers Prix Private Labels (MDD). This point must be related to the increase in imports, as imported raw materials are a large component of private label products. In the trade negotiations that are currently underway, we are seeing national brands and small and medium-sized enterprises being shelved in favor of private labels from Europe. ». And Remi Cristoforettei concludes: “ WITHDo we want French and local products to gradually disappear from our shelves in favor of imported products with potentially lower ecological and social standards? Our food model, and with it food self-sufficiency, deserves better. »

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