Pig farmers lash out at retailers
The Irish Farmers' Association has accused retailers
such as Dunnes Stores and other retailers of killing the Irish pig industry by
using pig meat as a loss leader to stimulate profits.
The association says that supermarkets have corned the pig industry, choking
the livelihoods of producers, by selling pork at prices well below cost
At a protest by pig farmers outside the Dunnes Stores head office in Dublin,
IFA president Padraig Walshe said pork, bacon and ham are being used by
retailers as a loss leader to attract customers in an ongoing battle over market
He commented further that Irish pig producers are losing over €25 per
pig and have been making losses on every pig sold for the last eight months.
Some losses have amounted up to €100,000 and the industry is facing
He concluded that there is a massive abuse of power by retailers in the food
â€¢ Irish Farmers' Association
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