Accession Number : ADA194436

Title :   Congressional Efforts to Increase Beef Sales in European Commissaries.

Descriptive Note : Student rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Berger, William R

PDF Url : ADA194436

Report Date : Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 34

Abstract : DOD commissaries in Europe sell only beef procured through the European Economic Community. This beef is of high quality and relatively inexpensive. COngress, in an effort to reduce the trade deficit and also to reduce an increasing US surplus of beef, dictated two programs aimed at increasing sales of US-produced beef. The first, a six month test (mandated by the FY86 Defense Authorization Act) provided for sales of US-produced beef at commissary cost plus surcharge. The second, a program mandated by the Food Security Act of 1985, provided US.produced beef to commissary patrons free of charge. Results of the six month test indicated a preference by service-members for European beef. Results of the second program, which came to be known as the 'Free Beef Program,' indicated that very high costs and subsidies would be required to make US-produced beef competitive with European produced beef.

Descriptors :   *BEEF, *ECONOMICS, *MILITARY FACILITIES, COMMERCE, DEFICIENCIES, EUROPE, HIGH COSTS, STORES, INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Food, Food Service and Nutrition

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE