The National Grocers Association on July 9 responded to the Biden administration’s introduction of the Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy. The order includes 72 initiatives to address antitrust across multiple industries including retail, tech, agriculture and pharmaceuticals.
“We appreciate President Biden’s executive order addressing the nation’s competition policy, specifically its focus on the food sector,” said NGA President and CEO Greg Ferrara. “A diverse, competitive food retail marketplace benefits not only independent community grocers, but consumers, wholesalers, manufacturers, suppliers and farmers. The order marks the first time in more than 20 years the executive branch has taken action to prohibit conduct that violates the Robinson-Patman Act, a law that was stood up to protect consumers as well as food entrepreneurs from dominant grocery chains who take advantage of their size to amass greater power and limit customer options.”
In March, NGA introduced a white paper, which lays out how big-box stores and e-commerce giants have used their dominance in the grocery market to gain special treatment and disadvantage their independent competitors.
Additionally, NGA Senior VP of Government Relations and Counsel Chris Jones will join the American Antitrust Institute at noon EST on July 21 for a roundtable discussion about competition in the retail industry. Click here to register for this event on a critically important issue for independent grocers.
Click here to read NGA’s full press release on Biden’s executive order.