Speaking at last week’s Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) conference on ‘‘Safeguarding The Food Chain’’, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan highlighted that a clear imbalance of power between producers and retailers, has resulted in the farmer’s share of consumers food spend being continuously squeezed.

Hogan added that supermarkets in particular now enjoy superpower status as a result of increased globalisation and a high level of concentration within Europe. This, he says, gives them disproportionate leverage over primary producers.