MOVES TOWARDS CONCENTRATION AND CHANGES IN COMPETITION IN FRUIT AND VEGETABLES MARKETING
The need for concentrating supplies of fruit and vegetables has often been mentioned in recent pronouncements about agricultural policy and has in the meantime not only been recognised both in the EEC's common market organization and in the so-called market structure laws of the EEC member countries, but has also been encouraged by far-reaching measures. There is thus widespread unanimity about the need and justification for this encouragement. The same does not, however, seem to apply to the reasons why supply should be concentrated, its limitations and potential, nor to the economic implications of such a step. This paper will therefore be concerned with the analysis of existing trends towards concentration, the obstacles in its path and the changes in competition likely to result from it.