'Retailers are behaving like The Sopranos'
The actions of Europe's major retail multiples have been likened to those of characters from the hit crime series The Sopranos by Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore.
Mr Gilmore castigated the retail sector for the manner in which they have dealt with food processors and producers.
Mr Gilmore said the levying of 'hello money' and the practice of charging processors for retail shelf space was not acceptable.
Speaking at a conference on the future of CAP, which was held at Tipperary Institute, Thurles last Friday, he described the activities of some of the country's major retailers as "outrageous".
"Powerful dominant players such as Tesco are extorting huge sums of money from Irish suppliers in exchange for the privilege of getting their food onto supermarket shelves," Mr Gilmore said.
"It is the kind of thing you would expect to see in The Sopranos.
"It is bad for suppliers, including farmers who cannot get their produce onto the shelves of major supermarkets.
"It is bad for consumers whose choice is reduced. It must stop," the Labour leader insisted.