In the French food industry, the market share of agricultural cooperatives increased by about 7% from 2000 to 2015, mainly through the acquisition of companies, usually limited companies. In some cases, the farmers who were suppliers of these companies became co-op members. In others, they remained suppliers but not co-op members or they left to supply competitors. The purpose of the research is to identify the reasons and methods of decision-making by farmers and cooperatives. The research extends the economic theory on the relationship between a cooperative and its subsidiaries that are companies. The research is based on the study of five cases about the acquisition of companies by agricultural cooperatives.
DECLERCK, F. and MAUGET, R. (2018). Sociétés commerciales agricoles acquises par des coopératives : quelles motivations lorsque les agriculteurs deviennent coopérateurs ? Revue Internationale de l'Economie Sociale - RECMA, (350), pp. 70-84.