Food and Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG)

South Africa’s food sector and the broader agricultural sector have been receiving much attention due to a rapid increase in food prices. Econex has provided economic analyses to a number of players in this market, focusing on many important sectors such as grain, dairy, fresh produce, etc.

Examples of our work in the retail and consumer sector:

  • Advised Pick ‘n Pay on the merger with Score supermarkets.
  • Advised Pick ‘n Pay on the proposed merger with Fruit & Veg City, which was terminated after the Competition Commission recommended that this merger should be prohibited by the Competition Tribunal.
  • Involved in a five year review for the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on how competition policy has affected all levels of the food supply chain in SA.
  • Advised a large dairy company and a grain company in allegations of price fixing and market division against them.
  • Gave evidence before the Competition Tribunal in the abuse of dominance case against Senwes.
  • Investigated changes in the dairy supply chain and regulatory issues in the food sector.
  • Assisted Shoprite in their response to the Grocery Market Inquiry as well as exclusive leases in shopping centres.
Helen Kean
Helen KeanEconomist
For more information our work in the food and FMCG sector, please contact Helen Kean.