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German Bundeskartellamt’s Inquiry into the Food Retail Sector

Sector Inquiries, September 2014

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For decades buyer power has been widely discussed by competition law experts. Above all in highly concentrated market structures identified by the Bundeskartellamt in numerous regional food trade markets and in the demand market for food, several complex issues have emerged at the interface between the food industry and the retail trade which have a bearing on competition law practice. In the wider public the topic is vividly discussed. When the living conditions of plantation workers in Andalusia are criticised, German farmers are said to receive prices for their milk which are too low or the consumer is worried about the quality of meat production, the buyer power of the retail trade is often given as the cause.

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