Norway’s minister of food and agriculture, Lars Peder Prekk, has demanded an inquiry into the country’s supermarket chains, which he says are amassing unreasonable profits at the expense of producers and consumers.
Food prices in Norway are among the highest in the world, according to news site Norvege-fr, double those in Sweden and three or four times higher than in the US. Farmers are often blamed, due to various protectionist measures taken to protect the industry, but, according to Mr Brekk, there are other reasons.
“The gap between what producers receive and what consumers pay is too great,” he said. He went on to accuse the chains of funding their own cheaper brands at the expense of established brands that are owned by producers, an accusation denied by the supermarkets.