The Government has assigned the Competition Authority to examine the state of competition and other market conditions in the Swedish food chain.
In ordering the study, the Government notes that a report from the European Commission found that food prices had increased more than the prices of primary produce during 2007–2008. Thereafter, primary produce prices had declined, but consumer prices had not done so to the same extent.
The Competition Authority will now study the food chain as a whole, from primary production and the food industry to the wholesale, retail and consumer stages. Under its mandate, the Competition Authority is to describe which regulatory changes may be required if competition in the food sector is to improve. The report is to be submitted to the Government no later than 1 March 2011.