“We do not judge after two months of the effectiveness of a two-year experimental device.” Thursday April 4, before the Senate Economic Affairs Committee, Secretary of State to the Minister of Economy and Finance Agnès Pannier-Runacher immediately took precautions to talk about the first effects of the Food Law. A month after the end of commercial negotiations with large-scale distribution concerning national brands, the question of the balance sheet is on everyone’s lips. Because the EGalim law was intended to better distribute value between producers, manufacturers and distributors.
According to Agnès Pannier-Runacher, the 300 checks carried out on the quality of trade negotiations “show a more positive trend”. “The general climate shows that distributors have adopted a more constructive and less aggressive behavior, especially with SMEs”, indicates the Secretary of State, adding that “the requests for deflations of distributors are almost twice lower than the last year”. She sees it as a “positive signal” even if she recognizes that “reprehensible behavior is always to be deplored”.
“The price war continues”
At each level of the food chain, from producer to distributor, the actors did not wait for Agnès Pannier-Runacher’s words to pass their own judgment. Skirmishes at stake. L’Ania, the national association of food industries, drew on Wednesday, the day before the hearing of the Secretary of State in the Senate. In a statement on the occasion of its annual economic press conference, Ania regretted that “once again this year, trade negotiations continue to focus solely on price”. And the association to specify