Quebec will chair a pan-Canadian committee that could lead to a code of conduct to tame the food giants who impose fees in supermarkets.
“We created a working group to have experts to obtain a portrait of the situation,” André Lamontagne told the Journal in an interview with the Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ). .
In mid-September, Le Journal revealed that the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) had asked the Competition Bureau of Canada to open an investigation into the American giant Walmart and its “exorbitant fees”.
“They impose their laws and their conditions. Quebec suppliers do not dare to complain for fear of reprisals. It’s unhealthy. We hope that the Competition Bureau’s investigation will bring this out, ”lamented Marcel Groleau, president of the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA).
On Friday, Minister André Lamontagne said he took note of their approach.
“I don’t have to tell them what to do. They found it important to do this. It has to be a national approach, ”he insisted on a report on the issue to be tabled next July.
Recall that in Canada and Quebec, the retail food market is highly concentrated, with five main banners that control more than 80% of the grocery market, according to the Conseil de la transformationimentaire du Québec (CTAQ). .
As a result, agricultural suppliers and food manufacturers are concerned about fees charged by grocery retailers