The Structure of the Food Supply Chain in Turkey from the Perspective of Food Regime and Examining the Market Roles of Modern Period Food Regime Actors in the Framework of Competition Law
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The aim of this thesis is to reveal the structure of the food supply chain in Turkey from the perspective of food regime theory and to examine the effects of modern period food regime actors on the chain, food sector and ultimately consumer welfare within the framework of competition law. In this context, the unilateral actions of the undertakings that own the trademark, the actions and practices of the producers in the market within the framework of the agreements between the undertakings, the buyer power and unfair commercial practices and the concentration control were discussed in the context of some decisions of the Turkish Competition Board. In this framework, the consequences of the modern period food regime and the changes in the roles of the actors in the food supply chain for the food sector were analyzed within the framework of competition law. As a result, in the light of the findings and evaluations made within the scope of the thesis, it was revealed that the actors added to the supply chain with the modern period food regime or whose current position in this chain has changed can adversely affect the functioning of the food supply chain with anti-competitive actions and practices. Moreover, it was concluded that the price increases observed in the food sector may be due to the deterioration of the functioning of the supply chain, and this may be due to the anti-competitive actions and practices of multinational companies, retailers operating in an organized manner, and other supply chain members increasing in number with the modern period food regime.