22-08-2011 16:19 Croatia
Food chain behaviour code may be answer to price increases
Croatians may follow the Slovenian example and look into establishing a codex or "relationship guide" for food producers, manufacturers and distributors that aims to temper expected price increases.
Slovenia will implement the codex next week in an attempt to assuage the foreseen negative effects of price hikes expected to hit citizens' standard of living as early as this autumn.
Slovenian Ministry of Agriculture coordinated the development of the codex in order to establish a more equitable pricing relationship, to regulate high margins of profit and the expenses supermarket chains impose on food manufacturers.
Slovenian Minister of Agriculture Dejan Zidan said that such an agreement did not mean a deviation from laws of free trade.
"We came to an agreement because participants in the food chain are aware that we must begin to solve some of the problems that have accumulated over the last decade."
Representatives of Croatian Chamber of Agriculture are expected to go to Slovenia this week to get a better understanding of the agreement, daily Jutarnji List writes.
Source: Croatian Times