07 December 1998
Retailers gaining control

PROFITS in the food chain are increasingly moving from the farm gate to retailers, reports The Herald in an analysis of the forces driving agriculture.

The article contrasts the well-organised and powerful position of the supermarkets and large multinational food companies with the fragmented farming sector.

The newspaper anticipates the farmers will soon have to become more closely allied with the further processing and handling of food.

This could happen either voluntarily or by takeover, the paper says.

Farmers will have to become more involved in the value-added chain if they are to survive.

  • The Herald 07/12/98 page 19