Consolidation, Multinationalisation, and Competition in Brazil: Impacts on Horticulture and Dairy Products Systems

17 Pages Posted: 31 Dec 2002

Abstract

This article examines the rapid consolidation and multinationalisation of the supermarket sector in Brazil over the past decade. The impact of this on the horticulture marketing system is shown to include a sharp reduction in the role of traditional wholesale markets, the rise of specialised wholesalers and distribution centres, and the beginnings of contracts with growers. There have been similar changes in the dairy processing sector, with huge impacts on the dairy products systems leading to substantial concentration "upstream" in the chain. For small farms and firms in both sectors, there is a need for substantial improvements in organisation and technology to face these challenges, and the government has a role in helping them make this adjustment.

Suggested Citation

Merc Querido Farina, Elizabeth Maria, Consolidation, Multinationalisation, and Competition in Brazil: Impacts on Horticulture and Dairy Products Systems. Development Policy Review, Vol. 20, pp. 441-457, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=333876

Elizabeth Maria Merc Querido Farina (Contact Author)

University of São Paulo (USP) - Department of Economics ( email )

Av. Pádua Dias, 11 - C.P. 9
Sao Paulo SP, 05508-900
Brazil

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