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Spain: Large distribution chains accused of pushing veg prices down at Christmas

The Coordinator of Organizations of Agricultural Producers and Livestock Farmers (COAG) in Almeria has issued a statement accusing the distribution chains of having caused the fall in the prices of vegetables during the Christmas period, when all the conditions were favourable for them to go up.

The agrarian organization denounces "that the Christmas orders, the drop in temperatures and the remaining factors were adequate for the month of December to close with suitable prices for that stage of the season."

COAG Almería "has accused the distribution chains of buying at a loss from the marketers, who have once again yielded to the blackmail of the large retailers," said the statement.

For the agrarian organization, "Christmas is a time of the year when fruit and vegetable consumption increases, while the lower temperatures cause the supply of horticultural products to fall, pushing prices up. However, this has not been the case this Christmas, as producers have seen the prices of their products sink by around 50%."

COAG Almeria has consequently asked the Ministry of Agriculture to investigate the behaviour of markets, because "once again, the big distribution has got away with it and has pushed prices down at a time when prices tend to be good. It is incomprehensible for traders to have yielded once again to the demands of the distributors, when they have crisis management mechanisms at their disposal in order to stop such situations," says Andrés Góngora, provincial secretary of the agrarian organization.

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