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Despite the strong rejection of controls, the industry and supermarkets do not lower Fair Prices


The head of the Federation of Supermarkets warned that some companies were analyzing it. But from the main cameras they clarified that for now they continue. What is the reason?

The warning of the head of the Argentine Federation of Supermarkets (FASA), Victor Palpacelli, about the fact that different regional chains could get off the Fair Prices program if the Government decides to advance with the controls of the Truckers,

expanded -yesterday- as a trail of gunpowder between supermarkets and food companies.

However, the initiative did not have much echo in the sector.

“It is not true that they are going to go down as an entity.

What Palpacelli said is that some (individually) are evaluating it.

But it is not a position of the Federation”, clarified a FASA source, in the afternoon.

From the Association of United Supermarkets (ASU), which brings together the large chains,

they also ruled out the idea of ​​getting off the official program.

“We do not make an ethical or political judgment.

It doesn't matter to us whether the truckers or anyone controls it.

It helps us to show that the products are not "encanutados" anywhere.

The merchandise is not in the gondolas because the delivery is insufficient”, clarified Juan Vasco Martínez, spokesman for that entity.

The businessman thus referred to the fact that the offer cannot satisfy the demand. 

Sources from the Secretary of Commerce, meanwhile, also came out to

put cold cloths on the subject

: "the participation of the union's logistics area is due exclusively to the fact that the Secretary of Commerce went to inspect distribution centers of some supermarkets where it arrives in trucks the merchandise," they said.

“The one that controls and monitors is the State and the union eventually provides some information

since they are the ones that transport the merchandise sent by the supplier companies.

Truck drivers or some other actor that is not the State will never enter to inspect a gondola of a supermarket, that is false”

, continued the source of the portfolio that Matías Tombolini leads.

According to the same source, for now the portfolio

has no new operations scheduled in distribution centers

, "since we are processing the results of these operations last week," he concluded.

In the large supplier companies, they do not consider getting off the Fair Prices program beyond the repudiation generated by the invitation from the Government so that the Truckers and picketers monitor compliance with the official plan.

The Government tempted the participants of this program, which barely covers 4% of what is offered on the shelves, with the possibility of

accessing the official dollar for imports if they keep prices at bay.

Daniel Funes de Rioja, the president of COPAL, which brings together the main food industries, explained: "We were surprised by the decision to call on the unions and piquetero groups to help with the inspections," he said.


It is a decision that goes further because it affects the responsibility of the State, which has the media through the Secretary of Commerce and even the AFIP

, which is perfectly informed about the stocks of the companies and the distribution chains," he said before Clarin's inquiry.

And he finished: "

the outsourcing of government functions does not correspond and opens a dangerous path"


The opinion was also shared by Alfredo Gonzalez, president of CAME: "

the State cannot delegate control of this nature to any union,"

he opined.

The Fair Prices agreement was signed in December 2022 with the idea of ​​curbing inflation, keeping the fixed prices of some 2,000 mass consumption products for four months.

For the rest of the products marketed by the companies that joined the program, a guideline of monthly increase of up to 4% was established for the same 120 days.

The program includes more than 10 sectors, such as food, hygiene and toiletries, cleaning, textiles and footwear, among others.

In total, 358 companies participate in the agreements.

 The Fair Price offer represents only 2.88% of the total prices surveyed in Capital and GBA, according to INDEC.


its incidence is high in the category of Food and Beverages, the one with the greatest weight in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

For this reason, now, given the imminent expiration of the program, at the end of February, the Government

is trying to extend it for a few more months and even until the end of the year, taking into account that it is an election year.

Source: clarin

All business articles on 2023-01-18

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