The Shelby Report: Enforcement Of Robinson-Patman Act Is ‘Biggest Issue,’ Owner Says

July 11, 2022

Mike Planalp, owner of Blackford County Foods, in Fishers, Indiana, sees the biggest challenge to independent grocers and their growth is the federal government’s failure to enforce the Robinson-Patman Act of 1936.

“It’s just that we ended up getting discriminated against on pricing and service levels,” he said. “I know NGA’s really pushing to get this changed, because otherwise we’re just destined to have these mega companies control the food chain from whether it be the manufacturing end or the retail end. I think there should still be room for us independents out here.”

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