Price Fixing Dairy Products

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

The big supermarkets are being investigated following claims of price-fixing on dairy products.

It is alleged that supermarkets are conspiring to keep the price of dairy products – milk, cheese, yoghurts, etc. – artificially high.

Whether I agree with them or not depends on one thing – who is benefiting from the inflated prices?  Supermarkets have been criticised continually for the past few years for paying less than cost price for milk from dairy farmers.  If keeping the price of dairy products artificially high means farmers are getting more for their milk then surely that’s what people have been asking for?  The supermarkets aren’t going to cut into their profits if they can avoid it – they exist to make as much profit as possible for their shareholders, not to provide a public service.  All this guff about corporate responsibility is bollocks.

Of course, if farmers aren’t seeing any of the extra money then that’s another matter entirely and the supermarkets are bang out of order.  Legally they’re wrong regardless of their motives because they’re operating a price-fixing cartel and that’s illegal.

Is this a case of being caught between a rock and a hard place?


  1. Charlie Marks (365 comments) says:

    Obviously corporate social responsibilty (to give it its full and frankly ridiculous title) is balls.

    But the government is in the pay of the monopolies, so won’t touch them.

    I bet that inquiry will go the way of the one into BAE!

  2. Aaron (72 comments) says:

    Unfortunately, no, apparently the farmers weren’t seeing any of the cash.

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