Magazine article New Internationalist

Sold Out: The True Cost of Supermarket Shopping

Magazine article New Internationalist

Sold Out: The True Cost of Supermarket Shopping

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Sold Out The true cost of supermarket shopping by William Young (Vision Paperbacks ISBN 1904132 405)

It is widely acknowledged that the major supermarket chains in Europe and North America take advantage of their huge buying power to put the squeeze on their suppliers, forcing them to drop their prices and in so doing threatening the long-term viability of many family-run farms and small food manufacturers. Until I read Sold Out: the true tost of supermarket shopping I did not know exactly how. The book reiterates much that is known about the super/hypermarkets that increasingly dominate the world of food retailing in Europe, North America and, now, parts of Asia-environmental damage, exploitative labour practices, and so on. What held my attention was Young's discussion of two recent investigations by the UK Government's Competition Commission into the specific methods used. For example, supermarkets sometimes demand financial compensation from suppliers if sales of particular products are lower than expected. …

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