The Valencian president Ximo Puig wants to join the bandwagon of the agreement reached in France and announces that he will meet with the distributors to try to negotiate a similar pact before the next elections. The Valencian socialist thus seeks an agreement with the large distribution chains similar to the French one, in which it has been agreed to apply voluntary discounts on some of their basic shopping cart products at the expense of their margins.
Puig, who has made this announcement in Berlin at a tourism fair, assured that in the coming days he will hold a meeting with the distributors of the food sector of the Valencian Community to “try to find an agreement” that curbs the prices of the products basics of the shopping cart.
The Valencian Community is the territory of origin of Mercadona, the largest Spanish supermarket chain, which has also been involved in controversy over the accusations by the Minister for Equality, Ione Belarra, of its president Juan Roig of being a “ruthless capitalist”.
Ximo Puig has pointed out that the Valencian Government “has been talking to distributors in this sector for months with the aim of reaching a meeting point to help families” to face the rise in food prices, since it has considered that the Inflation continues to be “a serious problem” that “does not affect everyone equally and is the worst tax for the middle and working classes.” And this despite the drop in VAT on some basic products that, according to the state government, was already containing prices.
The head of the Consell has assured that he will hold this next meeting with the aim of trying to arrange “reasonable measures” with the distributors and “send a clear message to curb prices”.
According to Puig, his purpose is that the agreement is not detrimental to farmers, ranchers and primary producers who are located at the origin of the food chain, and he explained that “forcing prices more at origin would negatively affect all primary producers”. . Precisely despite the strong increase in Valencian exports, the agri-food sector, the largest by volume, has not been one of those that has grown the most last year.