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    France to ban 'buy one, get one free' offers on foodstuff

    PARIS (Reuters) - France plans to ban “buy one, get one free” offers on food products in supermarkets to guarantee better income to struggling farmers, in a move that could also test President Emmanuel Macron’s free-market credentials.


    The move is part of a wider food and farming bill, presented to cabinet on Wednesday, which aims to raise regulated minimum food prices and limit bargain sales in France, the European Union’s largest farm producer.


    Farmers, an important constituency in French politics, have long complained about being hit by a price war between retailers that they say benefits consumers but hurts producers.


    “It will be a breath of fresh air for retailers, who will be able to trim their margins on other products and pay producers better,” Agriculture Minister Stephane Travert told reporters, adding that non-food products would not be affected.

    Banning “buy one, get one free” bargains, which are less common in France than in countries such as Britain, will also help fight against food waste, he said.




    The proposed legislation will effectively prohibit “buy one, get one free” offers by barring supermarkets from making discounts of more than 34 percent. But “buy two, get one free” discounts would still be allowed, Travert said.


    Eight months into Macron’s presidency, the move shows the new government’s interventionist instincts despite the 40-year old president’s campaign promises to cut red tape and liberalise the French economy.


    But it comes after hefty discounts of up to 70 percent on products such as Nutella, a chocolate-and-hazelnut spread very popular in France, caused brawls in a chain of supermarkets last week.


    On Wednesday, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said he had complained to the chief executive of the Intermarché supermarket chain, where shoppers again fought over discounted products earlier this week, this time for diapers and coffee.


    “I told him this can’t happen again, that we can’t see these kind of scenes in France every five minutes,” Le Maire said.

    Intermarché did not immediately return a request for comment.


    Selling at a loss is forbidden in France. The new measures, which also include a 10 percent increase in the regulated threshold at which retailers are allowed to sell a product, will be put in place for a trial period of two years.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-f...-idUSKBN1FK2H0

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Banning “buy one, get one free” bargains, which are less common in France than in countries such as Britain, will also help fight against food waste, he said.
    If a product that is about to expire is not discounted and thus not sold, surely that increases food waste.



    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Selling at a loss is forbidden in France.
    I think that's a good regulation in preventing large retail chains taking a mid-long term strategy to beat small competitors out of the market.

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    My mrs bought 3 cakes last week when I only wanted one- it was buy 3 get 1 free. Women are such suckers for this stuff, she said it was saving money!

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    Women dont realise that a bargain still costs money

    And at Xmas i noticed its all buy 2 get 1 free in that shothole the UK now

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    They should extend that to asylum seekers now it appears to be 'accept one and get the whole bloody family'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    If a product that is about to expire is not discounted and thus not sold, surely that increases food waste.
    Although price reductions on expiring food and buy one hgert one free offers are two different things and the former is not included in this bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluke View Post
    Although price reductions on expiring food and buy one hgert one free offers are two different things and the former is not included in this bill
    One is effectively the same as the other.
    A banana for $1 is getting to the end of it's shelf life.
    Sell two for $1 (50% discount) is the same as buy 1 get one free.

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    2 for 1 offers and reductions on food about to expire are not the same thing in reference to this story.

    It may be that you are familiar only with offers like this on food about to expire. This is not so in the UK or France.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    One is effectively the same as the other.
    A banana for $1 is getting to the end of it's shelf life.
    Sell two for $1 (50% discount) is the same as buy 1 get one free.
    It is different .
    Supermarkets buy the "buy one get one free" items from the producer at that price and the producer pays for the discount ,"old" items selling at half price and the supermarket pays for the discount .
    Supermarkets have such high buying power these days that they can dictate the price of products to the producer , the Supermarket decides on what products will be BOGOF and the producer has to comply

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    We'd better stop this here or Manny will crank out his mangled French again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai3 View Post
    Women are such suckers for this stuff
    Show me a retail shop in Thailand that hasn't got a 'Promotion' on. My missus won't believe it's not a genuine sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    We'd better stop this here or Manny will crank out his mangled French again.
    Merde voo.
    Mersee bercup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluke View Post
    Supermarkets buy the "buy one get one free" items from the producer at that price and the producer pays for the discount
    I don't think so.
    Supermarkets tell the producers what they are going to pay.
    The buy one get one are retail offers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    Show me a retail shop in Thailand that hasn't got a 'Promotion' on. My missus won't believe it's not a genuine sale.
    Have to drag mine past any '% off' signs.

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    Now I observed this happening to newbie Farangs at bars , he would pay the bar fine for his date, and after a great night together in paradise he finds her friend turns up in the morning and spends the day with them, costing him double.
    In Thailand it's ,

    By Whon get Whon family.

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