Auction mart demise a threat to farmers

15 May 1998

Auction mart demise — a ‘threat to farmers’

A CONTINUING decline in the numbers of auction marts is a threat to farmers,a new report warns.

The study, produced for Colin Breed, Lib-Dem consumer affairs spokesman, warns that demise of the marts could result in the destruction of local economies and national food industries.

Lewis McGill, chairman of auctioneers John Swan & Sons, said the trend would continue.

The Institute of Auctioneers believes farmers would be the ultimate losers ifthere were a lack of competition in the live mart system because that would playinto the hands of the multiple grocery chains.

The report calls for a parliamentary select committee investigation of food retailing in the UK, with particular emphasis on supermarkets and their suppliers and the appointment of a retail regulator.

  • MP urges curbs on supermarkets power, FWi, yesterday (14 May) — Click here
  • The Scotsman 15/05/98 page 30

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