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Distributors said Wednesday that “little talks” had taken place, but that there were no “trade negotiations” underway.
“small talk” but not “commercial negotiationsin progress: despite the commitment made by the largest agri-food manufacturers, distributors affirmed on Wednesday that trade negotiations had not reopened, calling on the government to “make legal arrangements“. At the end of a meeting in Bercy on May 17 with the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire, the representatives of Ania and another organization, Ilec, had undertaken to reopen negotiations with supermarkets to lower prices on the shelves. “A handful of providers are actually showing signs but very few“, regretted the boss of System U Dominique Schelcher, on Radio Clique. “We may be starting to talk about promotions but we have nothing significantly concrete“, he said sorry.
On food prices,there’s not much going down“, added the president of the strategic committee of the E.Leclerc centers, Michel-Edouard Leclerc, on FranceInfo. “Of the 75 suppliers of Ania, some even offer us increases“, he denounced. For several weeks, the government has been pressuring powerful groups, such as Coca-Cola, L’Oréal, Mondelez and Nestlé, to take their part in efforts to curb soaring prices.
Hundreds of food products will see their prices drop from July
Pasta, cereals, poultry… Hundreds of food products will see their prices drop from July under a commitment made to Bercy by these 75 major agrifood manufacturers, promised Bruno Le Maire in early June. But for Dominique Schelcher, this is insufficient: “The most important line to move is to change the system of trade negotiations, it is no longer suitable“, he estimated on Wednesday. Michel-Edouard Leclerc calls on the government to “make a legal provision” like a decree to force the hand of the industrialists and that the trade negotiations are finally reopened before those planned in “next december“. The rise in food prices remained very high in May according to INSEE, reaching 14.3% over one year, even if it is a little less than in April (+15%).