Food Business News - June 7, 2011 - (Page 9)

Editorial EDITORIAL STAFF Editor-in-chief Morton I. Sosland Executive editor, markets Neil N. Sosland Editor L. Joshua Sosland Executive editor Keith Nunes Senior editor, markets Jay S. Sjerven Managing editor Eric J. Schroeder Associate editor Jeff Gelski Assistant editor Ron Sterk Internet editors Allison Gibeson Erica Shaffer Graphic designer, market graphics, data Christina Sullivan MORTON SOSLAND Quest for ‘whole truth’ on food prices in France L PUBLISHING STAFF Chairman Charles S. Sosland Vice-chairman L. Joshua Sosland President and publisher Mark Sabo Associate publisher David DePaul G. Michael Gude Bruce Webster Vice-president, chief financial officer Melanie Hepperly Audience development director Don Keating Advertising manager Nora Wages Director of design services Sadowna Conarroe Circulation manager Judith Arnone Digital systems analyst Marj Potts Manager of advertising design Becky White Director of e-Business Jon Hall Director of on-line advertising and promotions Carrie Fluegge Promotions manager Jennifer Morris WE’RE EAGER TO RECEIVE YOUR FEEDBACK: E-mail or write to us at Food Business News, 4800 Main Street, Suite 100, Kansas City, Mo, 64112 eave it to the French to make food Yes, differences between changes in pricing not just an economic issue, but grocery store prices and returns of farmers a philosophical and political one as have been a major issue in the American well. After all, it is French farmers who as- food business from the nation’s start in sert that their protests about prices helped the 18th century when George Washington not just to fire the French Revolution in the became embroiled in debating what he paid 18th century but also the uprisings now un- for wheat and the flour prices charged by der way in North Africa and the Middle East. the mill his family owned. Coinciding with It is French farmers who recently blocked the work newly under way in France, the delivery of dairy products to retail stores Economic Research Service of the U.S. in protest of firm retail prices and falling Department of Agriculture happened to farm prices. Consumer agitation about food publish a comprehensive study of wheat, prices has been stirred across France by this flour and bread prices as well as livestock past year’s price increases at retail, especial- and meat. This study, which ought to be a ly for dairy and meat products, colliding with constant It is likely that this is one of the few times that complaints by farmers about inadequate returns and lossnational social stability has been tied to discovering es due to rising costs, especially for feed. what accounts for food price moves. Constant ferment about food prices not surprisingly prompted the government of Nicolas model for the French, reflects remarkable Sarkozy, France’s president, to create a new transparency in the American food industry. office, which is best described in translation The U.S.D.A. has compiled for years data and as an “observatory.” Unlike those institutions detailed analyses of different movements in equipped with telescopes looking to the sky, retail and wholesale food prices. This latest E.R.S. study reveals the this observatory will give attention to “the relationship between food prices at the farm complexity at work in the farm-retail level and in supermarkets.” Its director is food price arena, as well as the largely a professor of economic history who has inexplicable time spans that often rule emphasized what he hopes to accomplish between price changes at various levels. This by this statement: “Collecting agricultural study is particularly revealing in the way it prices is not a problem, collecting food establishes that the degree of profitability prices is not a problem. Putting the finger along the entire food supply chain has on what happens in the middle is the as much to do with pricing decisions as problem.” He further warned, “The market do the changes in basic markets. Lags in economy, the free economy cannot function price changes at retail, as compared with great volatility in recent years in ingredient in opacity.” Mr. Sarkozy, who faces a battle for re- markets, are a focus also deserving of election next year, has made his views attention in France. One senses that the “whole truth” the known through Bruno Le Maire, his minister of agriculture. “There are strong tensions in French observatory will be seeking is the agri-food industry,” Mr. Le Maire said, readily available without creating political adding words that are uniquely French, attention. Indeed, it is probable that “From the point of view of social cohesion, the Sarkozy government may only be it’s important that we have the whole truth seeking to underscore its commitment to on food prices.” It is likely that this is one helping French farmers who face reduced of the few times that national social stability agricultural supports from the European has been tied to discovering what accounts Union’s Common Agricultural Policy. for food price moves. In making these issues Targeting food manufacturers and retailers central to domestic tranquility, the minister as the scapegoats for cuts in government declared, “Transparency, the whole truth, spending does not assure the transparency supposedly being sought. FBN will allow for easing of this tension.” June 7, 2011 FOODBUSINESS NEWS ® 9

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Food Business News - June 7, 2011
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Editorial - Quest for ‘whole truth’ on food prices in France
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