05 August 1999
Beef group criticises supermarkets

SUPERMARKETS are under fire from a group of beef farmers who last year castigated the big retailers for their dominance of the market.

The Scottish Livestock Initiative on Marketing (SLIM), formed by a core of seven farmers last year, has warned of a “powerful processor axis driven by the retailers”.

They have repeated their fears that livestock auctions are likely to become redundant leaving producers unable to find alternative markets.