The Unió de Llauradors has denounced in a statement that large food chains and intermediaries are taking advantage of the situation caused by the pandemic to raise prices to consumers without this being reflected in the prices paid to producers, thus increasing their profit margins.
The organization warns that the consumer price index (CPI) for food has increased by 2%, while the general one has dropped by 1.2% so far in 2020, so "the market share of large distributors has increased during the lockdown."
According to the Unió, this shows that public administrations have made things easier for these chains by limiting the use of short marketing channels and non-sedentary sales markets. "The little competition there was from these distribution channels has been eliminated."
Products such as legumes and fresh fruits (+11.3%) or potatoes (+5.8%) have recorded significant increases for consumers. Worthy of note is the case of onions, with "ridiculous prices for Valencian producers, to the point that a part of the production is being left unharvested."
Meanwhile, when it comes to the prices paid to producers, those of eggplants, cucumbers or strawberries have fallen by under 60% between March and April, as did zucchini (-41.4%) or bananas (-36.5%).