On June 18, the Competition Commission’s fresh produce market inquiry released its provisional report, setting out the facts and reasoning that it  used to reach provisional findings and remedies.

The inquiry spans the entire fresh produce value chain — from the supply of critical inputs for farming such as fertiliser, seeds and agrochemicals down to the storefront prices faced by consumers. Its purpose was to consider whether there are features (such as market structures, concentration levels or barriers to entry) that could distort, impede or restrict competition. If there are such features there is an obligation to remedy them to ensure a more level-playing field...

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