Call for Evidence
Fairness in the food supply chain
The Committee is seeking views in the following areas:
Structure and operation of the food supply chain
1. To what extent is the UK’s food supply chain currently operating effectively and efficiently?
2. How could structural relationships between farmers and fishers, food producers and manufacturers, handlers and distributors, retailers and consumers be improved for both domestic and foreign foods?
Market power and regulation
3. How does the market power of UK supermarkets and manufacturers compare to other participants in the food supply chain, and how does this compare to equivalent relationships in other advanced economies?
4. Is existing regulation appropriate, for example the Groceries Supply Code of Practice and the Groceries Code Adjudicator for supermarkets’ direct suppliers, as well as the Secretary of State’s powers under Part 3 of the Agriculture Act 2020?
5. How effectively has the Government conducted reviews of contractual practice in specific sectors, for example in the pig and dairy sectors, and should other sectors be reviewed?
Food prices, security and fairness
6. What is the relationship between food production costs, food prices and retail prices? How have recent movements in commodity prices and food-price inflation been reflected in retail prices?
7. What are the consequences of current relationships in the supply chain for:
b. prices paid and profit margins of farmers, food manufacturers and other suppliers
c. prices for consumers
e. healthy food for consumers
f. animal welfare and the environment
g. competition between retailers?
8. Does the structure of the UK food supply chain support overall domestic food security (both self-sufficiency and the availability of imported foods)?
Affordable and healthy food
9. How successfully are supermarkets promoting affordable and healthy eating in the current high food inflation environment and what steps could they take to increase the take-up and affordability of healthy options? How are promotions, such as multi-buy offers, supporting healthy eating including for those on low incomes, and also affecting levels of food waste?
10. What challenges do low-income households face, in both urban and rural areas, in terms of accessing affordable and healthy food from a choice of retailers?
11. What measures could be taken by central and local government, and others, to enhance cooking skills to reduce reliance on processed food and improve access to self-grown food, in particular for lower income households? What challenges do such ambitions face given the pressures of modern living?
Please contribute your views by 23.59pm, 28 July 2023.
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