Supermarkets behaving badly

All the big supermarkets have made the news this week and not necessarily for the right reasons.

It seems as though all the big supermarkets have made the news this week and not necessarily for the right reasons.

Coles
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has declared eggs produced in intensive farms do not deserve the label ‘free range’. Coles’s new standard for free range eggs is 10,000 hens per hectare, almost seven times less space than is recommended in the voluntary guidelines. The ACCC believes that this redefinition of ‘free range’ has “the very real possibility of misleading consumers”.

Find out more about Coles redefining ‘free range’

Woolworths
Woolworths is under scrutiny by the consumer watchdog, which is investigating potential breaches of competition laws including “misuse of market power” and “unconscionable conduct”. In order to fight back, Woolworths has put together a report which states it does not, in fact, hold the market power the consumer watchdog claims. Woolworths has suggested that it is unfair to only compare it to other big retailers such as Coles and Aldi.

In 2008 the consumer watchdog estimated Woolworths market share at 45 per cent, with Coles at 33 per cent and, according to a Neilson report, Aldi at 7 per cent. In the new report, put together by Woolworths, the supermarket giant explains that when you include smaller businesses, such as green grocers and bakeries, it only holds 28 per cent of the market.

In an unrelated story, it has been claimed that a live frog was found in a sealed bag of Woolworths ‘washed and ready to eat’ salad mix over the weekend.

Get the facts on just how much of the market Woolworths owns, or read more about the frog story.  

Aldi
A number of suppliers have come out and said that they prefer Aldi over Woolworths and Coles. They said that Aldi paid its invoices more quickly and was easier to deal with. One of the suppliers said that Coles and Woolworths reduced supplier prices and took an extra three per cent to cover marketing costs, where Aldi absorbs these costs into its own profit margin. Suppliers also say that Aldi pays a premium to buy Australian for its private label products and only asks suppliers to compete against other Australian supplier prices, unlike Coles and Woolworths who bring international suppliers into the mix.

Read what else suppliers have to say about Aldi


Opinion – Boycotting the big names

No wonder Woolworths is saying that it is under pressure from German chain Aldi. While Coles and Woolworths have to jump through hoops just to reign in the increasingly negative news reports, suppliers are coming out of their own volition to praise Aldi’s conduct.

Woolworths has 690 stores in the eastern states and Coles has 533, so when Woolworths claims that Aldi is planning to increase from its current 289 stores to 600 over the next seven years, it is difficult to be sympathetic.

This sort of competition is not only healthy, it is the only way to ensure that Australian prices stay down, produce quality stays up and suppliers have options so that they can’t be railroaded into increasingly poor deals. Coles and Woolworths are the ones who started the $1 milk debacle – I for one am very happy to see Aldi stepping up and offering the big supermarket chains a bit of competition.

Do you still shop at Woolworths or Coles? Would you shop somewhere else if you had the option, or are those big supermarkets just too convenient?





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    old grumpy
    6th Mar 2013
    11:12am
    never shop at either Coles or Woolworths. I'm an Aldi shopper for the large shops and I top up at my local IGA between big shops. This works for me because I live 30 odd k's from a major town and I only go to Aldi when needed and use IGA for the interim shop as well as the local butcher and bakery.
    robnlee
    6th Mar 2013
    11:28am
    Taken us a while, but we can now announce that we buy more from Aldi than Woolies and Coles.
    Yeeeay!!!
    Quality is excellent and range is slowly improving.
    MITZY
    6th Mar 2013
    11:28am
    LifeChoices Posters: Have a good laugh, although it is serious too. The commentary by Rachel above asks us to click on "the frog story". It is so funny reading the comments after a customer bought a sealed bag of fresh salad from Woolies and found a live frog in the packaging. I would say, don't eat your sealed packages of salads anymore as Woolies is claiming that the salad is fresh and has already been washed!!! Gosh there are some "respected" supermarkets that "stretch the truth", it's not just the politicians.
    Alida Talbot
    6th Mar 2013
    11:30am
    I live more than 30ks from large shops as well but the Local IGA is sooooooooo much more expensive on most items the only time it is suitable is when they have their market day and/or very few specials. I have discovered Aldi but they do not have my full complement of required items so need to go to Woolies anyway - If I have time I'll go to both but if pressed I'll just go to Woolies - I know a lot of things are more pricey but when you have a problem with walking getting in and out of cars etc you just want to make one trip/shop. I buy ingredients not pre-packed processed stuff, shame local suppliers are left out and they import produce from who knows where. Fruit is kept too cold and it goes off as soon as you get home and not refrigerated - fruit needs to ripen naturally that's why it has no taste sometimes. We are at the mercy of the big wigs unfortunately.
    PlanB
    6th Mar 2013
    11:32am
    Since Aldi have been here --last October--I have yet to be impressed by them as their stuff is mostly from O/S anyway--and I do TRY and buy Aussie stuff --like Dick Smith--Aldi doesn't seem to have that. Also Aldi DO NOT have a way of contacting them via phone Other than if you ring a head office in a capitol city !? IF you want to ask a question they should at least have a 1300 number. They also charge if you wish to use a credit card. No not impressed at all.
    Rachel Tyler Jones
    6th Mar 2013
    11:56am
    You're right about not having a phone number PlanB - even media outlets have to write to the Aldie head office to ask for information or quotes.
    Pass the Ductape
    6th Mar 2013
    12:43pm
    Very true PlanB - and while I still tend to shop at Aldi, might I also add that their products are often inferior in many ways. While it might seem to many customers that price is the main gain, it's not all beer and skittles. People need to be aware that many items are considerably less in quailty and in particular - net weight - compared to other packaged goods in stores such as Woolworths or Coles, so the cost saving is sometimes erroneous.
    pamelafro
    6th Mar 2013
    1:11pm
    Aldi have forced the big 2 to show pricing per unit, eg per 100gm, so comparison is easy now. Some of Aldi's stuff is not as good, but we try it and then decide whether we'll stick with it. Aldi's special goods buys are excellent value (a $100 TV is still fine after 8 years, my fold-up $89 bike is excellent) and there are no questions asked if you take anything back - instant refund or replacement!
    Vaycee
    6th Mar 2013
    1:35pm
    If you are in a position (as I am fortunate enough to be) you will find that all Aldi stores are not created equal. There is definitely a good management issue and I have now found an Aldi which is always well-stocked. As to the credit card issue - Woolworths and Coles build the cost of using a credit card into their prices (as with everything). I use a debit card at Aldi - if I don't have the money in the bank I don't spend!!

    @Ductape - your 'fresh' produce will always be inferior at a supermarket. I will never buy fresh from them. Having been part of a cooperative and bought fresh from the Sydney markets I know how far ahead Woolworths purchase their fruit and vegetables. Use a greengrocer if you can, or buy frozen veges - much better than fresh anyway.

    @pamelafro - it was not Aldi that forced the big 2 into unit pricing, 25 years ago consumer groups were pushing for unit pricing which had been introduced in Europe long before. It was pressure from them that brought it about eventually, Aldi was just happy to comply while Woolworths and Coles took ages to get their act together.

    We are very poorly served by our two major supermarkets. The situation in the UK is far superior with greater competition but I would say that we are probably much better off than they are in terms of the quality of our fresh products.
    Pass the Ductape
    6th Mar 2013
    3:56pm
    In reply to 'pamelafro'.......

    Pamelafo, do you find it a little embarrassing as you hold up the que whilst explaining your case for a replacement product or asking for your money back - to the only checkout operator on duty at the time - 'cause I do?
    Pass the Ductape
    6th Mar 2013
    4:00pm
    Sorry I forgit - it's queue not que. @ Vaycee - I have to agree with your comment.
    monaghan
    6th Mar 2013
    11:34am
    Coles and Woolworths have completely lost me, and my family.
    We will not shop there under any circumstance, as we have found there goods etc are not as good as IGA, or ALDI.
    Many or my friends who did shop at Woolworths or Coles have told me that they are sick of buying foodstuffs, and fruit and vegetables at these stores that are poor value or have gone off.
    PlanB
    6th Mar 2013
    11:39am
    Yes I agree I HATE the big 2 as well but do not like Aldi at all--at least I can get SOME Aussie stuff at Woolies
    Vaycee
    6th Mar 2013
    1:38pm
    The issue of Australian is not as obvious at Aldi but I can assure you that there is a greater proportion of Australian products than you would be aware of. You will probably find that those products that are not Australian are also source ex-Australia in the other supermarkets.

    Most of the yoghurt and cheese products are Australian as is the milk obviously, but so are many of the other products on the shelf which are supplied by well-known Australian companies
    Reppie
    6th Mar 2013
    11:39am
    I guess the frog must mean it is fresh! Alive and kicking by the sounds of it. Can't have been trapped in the salad bag for too long eh?
    MITZY
    6th Mar 2013
    11:52am
    Yes, Reppie, good for a laugh, I liked the part where somebody said had Woolies "Kermitted a Crime"!
    MITZY
    6th Mar 2013
    11:48am
    I'm lucky enough to have an Aldi and a Coles next to each other. Woolies is in another part of town.
    Whatever specials Aldi and Coles have on fruit and veg the other one drops their everyday prices to the specials price, so it is a win for the consumer.
    So, Woolies has the highest profit margins and I know that would apply in my town as we have a very large fish market next to "big" Woolies and when purchasing fish I always go into Woolies to compare their prices on their products. We have a situation where at one end of town we have "big" Woolies and the other end "little" Woolies. When you ask them why "little" Woolies prices are so much higher than the other one, the standard answer is because of transport costs in delivering the goods???? How can that be, when it's the same street, the same town? Because one is big and one is little I would think maybe they are classified differently. Little Woolies is the IGA in disguise!
    I prefer to deal with Aldi rather than the other two, they are efficient in stocking, quick in service, reasonably priced and there are just some items you would never now purchase in Woolies/Coles such as tissues, toilet rolls, all paper products, and lots more.
    No wonder Woolies is getting anxious about another 600 Aldi stores to open, they should be very anxious indeed.
    Reppie
    6th Mar 2013
    11:55am
    LOL Egyptian, love it - at least the frog hopefully survived. I know if it had ended up in my place my grandkids would have made yet another pet of it!!
    MITZY
    6th Mar 2013
    12:04pm
    No, Reppie the article says it was alive but died soon after. The person who found the frog in the salad pack posted his complaint on Woolies Facebook page. So it went wild with comments. Another comment regarding the frog was: Good job you didn't eat it, you might have croacked it.
    PlanB
    6th Mar 2013
    12:15pm
    I never buy cold meats and or sea food at Woollies or Coles as the twice I did it was slimy when I got it home and the prawns smelt--so they went back and I never buy anything in that line from them---we have a beaut fresh fish coop here so always buy from them --as far as cold meat goes have to be able to get it from the butcher as the Delis --and the green grocers here were out out of business by the big 2
    Thai Traveller
    6th Mar 2013
    12:22pm
    Maybe it boils down to European methods v. US methods. I certainly prefer to shop at Aldis. There's never been a problem on the rare occasion that I've had to return an electrical item. I also love their lamb products.
    Nikolai
    6th Mar 2013
    12:25pm
    Am amazed at the comments about Aldi and Aussie products, I find a lot of theirs are Aussie grown, ie tinned beetroot is an example as I looked at a can in Coles and it was imported, also Aldi's fruit and vegetables are so much fresher and keep longer, you buy broccoli in Woollies and 2 days later it is yellow, also Aldis tinned salmon comes from USA OR Canada, John West is from Asia. I have to drive 25 kms each way to go to the larger stores but shop in between at a local Foodworks store where some things are more expensive but their specials are great, also look on it as saving petrol the cost equals out. As for Coles and Woollies homebrands they are absolute rubbish and I refuse to buy them. I also refuse to buy petrol from them as I much prefer to support the independent service stations in the hope that they wont become instinct and leave us with no choice.
    old grumpy
    6th Mar 2013
    1:38pm
    absolutely agree Nikolai. I find Aldi has quite a lot of Australian grown/produced goods.
    Jen
    6th Mar 2013
    2:43pm
    I agree. Almost every item I've bought from Aldi was Australian, including most of their fresh fruit and veg which, as Nikolai says, keeps longer, and is far cheaper.

    Coles and Woolworths have wiped out many of the small bakers, newsagents, butchers etc, so I welcome an alternative to Coles and Woolworths, keeps 'em on their toes.
    Anonymous
    6th Mar 2013
    5:28pm
    Nik - The problem with many of Woolies & Coles products (not just fresh fruit & vegies) is their centralised purchasing & distribution system with massive warehouses and cold stores.
    You might have local growers of fruit and vegies - but Woolies and Coles will buy fruit or vegies from the East Coast growers - then they send them to their massive distribution centres - then they send them out to the stores. The stuff can be 10 days old before it lobs on your stores shelves!
    What is worse, Woolies & Coles will ship fruit and vegetables across the nation! We in W.A. often get fruit and vegies on sale here, that has been grown on the East Coast!
    Why do we need to do this? W.A. growers produce nearly every fruit and vegetable we need! It's just Woolies & Coles trying to maximise profits.

    One other point that really riles me is this - the labelling that says - "Made in Australia from local & imported ingredients". What a prime piece of mealy-mouthed wording, this is!
    The only component that they need, to be able to label in this way, is the Australian water in the can or jar!
    The manufacturers should be made to itemise the origins of the major constituents in the container!
    Jude
    6th Mar 2013
    12:29pm
    All comes down to convenience, I shop at Woolies on an average forthightly, as it's a 10 min drive compared to 40 mins to Coles or Aldi. In between I shop at the local IGA. Meat I buy from the local butcher, bit more expensive but I know it's local meat and fresh, likewise I buy bread from the local bakery. If something I want is too expensive at Woolies I do without. Try to buy Australian but can't always find an Australian product. Some items, such as canned asparagus and canned salmon and tuna we do without because of where they are produced (not racist, just wary of lesser hygiene standards). Never had any complaints with Woolies other than not enough Aussie products. We have a relatively new Woolies, wide aisles, friendly staff, plenty of parking. I love shopping there.
    sirrom50
    6th Mar 2013
    12:39pm
    I normally shop at ALDI because their prices are cheaper than the larger 2. Only go to WOOLIES or COLES when they have great specials and also for fuel dockets when going on a trip. Local IGA is just too dear to shop at. ALDI's is a lot of AUSTRALIAN made products and just labelled with their own brand name.
    Pass the Ductape
    6th Mar 2013
    12:51pm
    Try ALDI's frozen fish product BASA! It's The biggest load of 'tripe' to be foisted on the unsuspecting public in many years. It should be a crime to call this product 'fish'!
    Anonymous
    6th Mar 2013
    1:27pm
    Ductape - Basa is absolute crap, and is nothing short of a health hazard.
    We need to avoid buying this garbage and to warn others about it, as much as possible.
    It is produced in Vietnam, in the highly polluted Mekong Delta river waters, and is bred up using a diet that would make your hair curl.
    You eat this garbage fish at your own peril!
    I am thoroughly sick of being served this garbage in hotel meals and restaurants, where it is served up, under the dishonest labels of "snapper", "barramundi", "cod", or "pearl perch".
    It is none of these - and just one taste of this lousy fish is enough to make your stomach churn.
    My wife and I have become sick immediately after eating this garbage.
    Reject this utter garbage food (in which there is huge profits for Coles and Woolies), and insist on local wild-caught or locally-farmed varieties of fish, to ensure your continued good health!
    Read the article in the link below, and you will never buy imported fish, ever again!
    Don't even get me started on Lake Victoria Nile Perch, which lives in a lake polluted with Cholera!!

    http://www.ausfish.com.au/vforum/showthread.php?166048-BASA
    Taskid
    6th Mar 2013
    1:36pm
    Aaron I am agreeing with you again. I scrutinise the packets of fish to see where the fish is from, is the information correct? Who knows. I buy mostly fresh fish when it is affordable.

    Tasmania has some of the best fish in the world, China imports huge amounts of it, a lot goes to the mainland for restaurants etc - for a Tasmanian to enjoy good fresh fish one has to have deep pockets, be a fisher-person or know a fisher-person. I can remember the days when crayfish (now called lobster) was cheap food, now it is a luxury mainly for the rich.
    So we are offered rubbish like basa and other stuff, goodness knows where from - why do we accept it???? Where is the people power??
    KKKKatie
    8th Mar 2013
    4:13pm
    I buy TASSAL brand tinned fish, the only one I do buy, it's short for (obviously) Tasmanian Salmon.
    ov1
    6th Mar 2013
    12:59pm
    So ALDI is planning to saturate the eastern states with outlets in order to provide competition that will benefit customers. Big deal.
    They still do not have even one in Tasmania and don't intend to provide any until they have their full compliment on the mainland.
    Their interests are as much to do with profits as any of the other two and screw the consumer, which is what happens here like no-where else.
    Peepo
    6th Mar 2013
    2:07pm
    We don't have one in WA either.
    Taskid
    6th Mar 2013
    1:07pm
    We do not have Aldi in Tasmania so I cannot comment on that chain. As much as possible I buy my vegetables and fruit from small shops or markets (and grow some), meat I get from independent butchers, I try also to get as many groceries as possible from small shops. Price and availability sometime determine this.

    6th Mar 2013
    1:14pm
    We do not have Aldi in W.A., so we have only the choice of Coles, Woolies and IGA. The simple fact remains that we have no choices because of the dedicated efforts of Coles and Woolies to eliminate all competition.
    We really need a Monopolies or Anti-Trust Act here in Australia, as the Americans have.
    The American Govt woke up long ago, that the aim of large corporations was to eliminate competition by any devious means possible.
    Why has Woolies profit risen by 19% in the last reporting period? It's not because of improved management techniques, it's simply because they're ripping us off on groceries at every turn.
    Why do the fuel prices rise by almost exactly the same amount at the same time?
    Surely, it can't be that Coles and Woolies have some cosy back-room talks to agree on what to charge, could it?
    Bring on increased REAL competition and we'd see our grocery bills drop by 10% or more.
    Peepo
    6th Mar 2013
    2:09pm
    Yay, bring it on.
    Taskid
    6th Mar 2013
    1:31pm
    Aaron Good points. The other thing I dislike about the big Two is the replacement of humans at the checkouts by technology. We are now serving ourselves, bagging up ourselves, and now checking out ourselves. Less service, more profit for the big Two and their shareholders. Less jobs for Australians too.
    student
    6th Mar 2013
    4:00pm
    I agree Taskid. I was in (I think it was a big shop the other day ( I can't remember what one) and they had 'serve yourself' checkouts. I stood in line for nearly 10 minutes because I wanted to be served by a real person earning real wages. A store supervisor asked me twice if I wanted to go through the 'self-serve' checkout and the second time I told her "No thank you. I want to keep this young lady employed"" Geezzzzzz. I'm studying Business and Professional Ethics this semester :) :) :)
    Reppie
    6th Mar 2013
    1:37pm
    Aaron, (cute pic, i am a great Richard Gere fan). I believe that Aldi is coming to WA shortly - I have 2 daughters living there who have shopped in Aldi over here and love it also.

    I live in a smallish town, Ballina on the NSW north coast, where we now have 7 supermarkets, including one in West Ballina nad one in East Ballina - leaving 5 on Ballina Island. Aldi came here a few years ago, built in the industrial area and are doing great business, as they have a variety of goods other than food items, and they put out catalogues in advance of the date the goods will be there on sale.

    It isn't hard to find Australian produce in any of our supermarkets, as for fish, well Ballina was once a fishing village, still having several trawlers working to date. Fresh fish and seafood in general is easily obtained without using supermarkets.

    In fairness, I do shop in Coles, occassionally Woolworths, even IGA, as all are in the main shopping area here. I love the competition, it is keeping the big stores honest at long last.
    Aunty Jack
    6th Mar 2013
    2:35pm
    I got sick and tired of walking into Woolworths with my shopping list and coming out with only a few items off my list.

    Woolworths have deleted so much stock that I normally buy and stock so much imported stuff there is no use going to shop there.

    Coles have good meat and fresher vegies than Woolworths and Aldi has the cheapest fruit & veg.

    I do the majority of my shopping now between Aldi and IGA
    Jen
    6th Mar 2013
    2:48pm
    "Coles have good meat and fresher vegies than Woolworths and Aldi has the cheapest fruit & veg."

    Have to agree with that.
    Ozetwo
    6th Mar 2013
    2:36pm
    Many of Woolies and Coles business practices disturb me. The cross subsidising of fuel and grocery items is one as well as the similiarity of those "discounts". The "In House" products that imitate the colouring and shape of their other suppliers product. Putting in in-house bakeries directly competing with their neighbouring shops. The constant grinding down of suppliers prices to them once they have them on the hook (many have geared up at considerable expense to provide the volumes they seek and cant easily get out). The charging of suppliers for "shelf space" and "promoting" their product. The way fruit and veg go up immediately after cyclonic weather destroys crops even though much is cold room stored for quite a while .etc etc etc
    I have found Aldi somewhat refreshing. Remember it was their initiative that forced the Big Two to put a price per kilo/volume amount on goods so that they can easily be compared. I have tried for many years to buy Produced in Australia products even though there are a little dearer. As a percentage across the supermarket lines Aldi seems to have more Aussie products on their shelves.
    All power to Aldi and I hope they make it to other States soon to give people more choice. It appears from comments in this post and from the suppliers that they must be doing something right.
    PlanB
    6th Mar 2013
    3:11pm
    The reason why I like to use my credit card is because it is a REWARDS card--so I use it for everything that does not charge to use--that way I get cash rewards
    (there is a method in my madness)
    student
    6th Mar 2013
    4:25pm
    and that way you are letting the store know what you buy and when you buy :) It's a cheap way of information gathering :)
    Tom Tank
    6th Mar 2013
    3:23pm
    This is a recognition of what happens with an unrestrained "Free Enterprise" system. Without restraint the big boys swamp the smaller players or, if pushed, buy them out. Did you know the Woolworths are the biggest operator of pokie machines in Australia? Their tentacles are everywhere.
    The concept of getting suppliers committed to large volumes thus meaning they have to invest in new machinery therefore ending up being slaves to the buyer is nothing new, it has being going in the car industry for decades.
    The whole drive is about maximising profits while paying lip service to looking after their customer, and also their employees. In Victoria Woolworths have many stores open 24 hours per day 7 days per week and one wonders why?
    Woolworths pricing is different in areas where they have no competition and I would assume it is the same with Coles. When Aldi opened up in our area Woolworths changed with sharper prices and better service.
    Aldi's products are good but are limited in choice but if you want the variety of choice pay the extra. The best attack on the Coles-Woolworths duo-opoly is vote with your feet and shop elsewhere but do it soon before it is too late and alternatives have gone.
    Anonymous
    6th Mar 2013
    5:03pm
    Tom, I'm already doing that - but I'm fortunate enough to have Coles, Woolies and several IGA stores all within 3kms of me. Many people don't have choices, and Woolies and Coles have ensured it stays that way.
    I've noticed recently that both Woolies & Coles have almost stopped discounts on 100% Orange Juice. I love my 100% OJ, but I refuse to pay more than $2 a litre for it. Coles and Woolies are now rarely offering decent discounts on 100% OJ - and when they do, it's still $2.80 or $3.00 a litre.
    I can go down to my local IGA and get my 100% OJ for $1.90 a litre, thus proving that Coles and Woolies are engineering added profits on what is a common purchase by most people.
    You're right about the different prices for different suburbs - and Coles and Woolies also push the "fast foods" and highly processed foods, in the "lower-socio-economic areas", where they know they're big sellers.
    student
    7th Mar 2013
    3:34pm
    Free enterprise is complimentary to a monopoly. The big business buy up the smaller businesses and then can set their own prices. This is what Tom is warning against. No regulations means free go at killing the small corner store.
    adbob
    6th Mar 2013
    3:39pm
    Coles and Woolworths are simultaneously Australian (ie owned and domiciled here) and anti-Australian. Where possible they pro-actively give preference to foreign products and then tell Australian suppliers "get under that price (by a good bit) or we'll drop you". Where they can't do that they use their market dominance to squeeze suppliers anyway - 80% of fruit and veg between them doesn't leave much space for anyone else.

    Many people have no option but to go to one or other - there aren't even any sites for a competitor to set up on in many suburbs.

    Counter-intuitively the pro-Australian thing to do is to support foreign owned Aldi - they give Aus. producers and suppliers a fairer go and they bring in much-needed competition.

    Sadly in SA there's no Aldi but some Foodland/IGA stores actually offer better prices than WC (Woolworths/Coles) - it's a buying group so not all stores are the same, which is agood thing in itself.

    Best thing - don't go to WC unless you really need to.
    student
    6th Mar 2013
    4:29pm
    We tend to forget, Woolies and Coles are American owned :)
    adbob
    6th Mar 2013
    5:41pm
    @student

    Coles is owned by Wesfarmers - an Australian company.
    Woolworths group is Australian - the American F W Woolworth company is unrelated.

    Both are quoted on the Australian stock exchange.

    Their share price movements are regular reported on the TV news.
    Sylvia
    6th Mar 2013
    4:33pm
    Here in SA we have Foodland, and I find them to be excellent, great specials and the meat and Veg are good,they support local growers I found in my area when they started up, Coles improved no end, but I read lables and buy the Australian product where ever possible, I like to buy from the smaller businesses , I urge all shoppers to support them to keep them going so they can continue to give us choice,
    I do not buy a lot of processed food, i prefer to cook still, Then I do have some idea what is in what I am eating,
    Monty
    6th Mar 2013
    4:34pm
    Much has been said about the pros and cons of the major supermarkets. Aldi stores offer a basic range of products, mostly imported and as has been said, not all are created equal.
    The "fresh" produce in the store that I use occasionally is often less than fresh.
    We are, by virtue of location, forced to use Woolworths or IGA. We travel 25 klms. to get there. No Coles locally. Aldi store is some 80 klms away. I have found that Woolworths seem to have a bigger product range than IGA and Aldi, as I have said, seems to have just some of the basics along with some "novelty" Items; skis in winter, television sets and so on. If you go to buy food, WHY do you need a TV?
    All in all, country people seem to have a very much smaller choice than many others but I guess the other things make up for it.
    We have to eat and our option is to try and become as self sufficient as possible for our food. If one wants strawberries out of season, be prepared to PAY for them.
    Michael
    6th Mar 2013
    5:30pm
    Just bought a small TV at Aldi's--excellent value as is the best part of their stock. I don't like Home products as they reduce your choice. Occasional non consumables are not a problem, you are not required to buy them. No more Woolies or Coles for me!
    Jill
    6th Mar 2013
    8:32pm
    We started to shop at Aldie for the convenience of its location. While limited in the variety of their stock mostly it is ver comparable with the other 2. I think I have come to prefer their dark chocolate in particular. However, their fresh food is another matter: my dear 80yr old husband took it upon himself to shop today whilst I was at the hospital: he bought greens and bread and milk and some fruit. When I opened the conveniently packaged green beans nearly half of them were inedible and went into my little compost bin: I have found similar things with their pre-packaged mushrooms and capsicum and now only buy these if loose. It is simply too much trouble to take the item (beans) back to the store as we only shop fortnightly and who would believe us after 10 days!!! One has to be vigilant I think. My husband was SO mortified that this happened today as he wanted to manage on his own for once. Ah well.....
    PlanB
    7th Mar 2013
    6:48am
    YEs I know that using the cards gives them info about you buy --hey Mobile phones debit cards--computers -- anything you do these days BIG brother knows where and what you do
    Pass the Ductape
    7th Mar 2013
    7:24am
    I just wish that there was a special queue set up for those wishing to pay by cash PlanB. The one thing I loathe is the fact that I'm continually held up in line behind a group of people who can't seem to do their shopping without using a credit card of some kind - especially since most of them only begin to search for their card once they know the full cost of their purchase. They drive me mad as they rummage through every pocket or bag in their belated attempts to find the darn thing while others are at the point of throttling them as the queue begins to get longer and longer. Grrrrrrr!
    maxchugg
    7th Mar 2013
    10:55am
    Tasmania has no Aldi. With their current 8 cents a litre discount on fuel, the "dirty duo" is practically forcing people to shop with them, which is driving independent fuel retailers out of business. Eventually competition in fuel sales will not exist.
    What is needed is legislation to control the price of fuel. If Coles and Woolworths can profitably sell at a discounted rate of 8 cents a litre, obviously the discounted price is correct and should be available to everyone, regardless of where they buy their groceries.
    And where is the ACCC in all of this? To ask us to accept that it is merely coincidental that fuel at Coles and Woolworths rises to new, identical prices at the same moment, is asking too much.
    No doubt price regulation would raise the price of fuel in the short term. In the longer term, once the "dirty duo" have obtained a monopoly on fuel sales and able to charge what they like, they will go for massively increased profits sourced from massive price increases for fuel.
    All of this is our own fault, of course. If everyone agreed to select either one of the "dirty duo" and let them know that they will be totally boycotted until they drop their fuel prices by 10 cents a litre the game would be over. When one gives in, as would happen in a fortnight, the other would capitulate instantly.
    taylah
    7th Mar 2013
    8:43pm
    What a load of wingers. We are spoilt for choice in Australia. The big 2 IGA and even the foreign Aldi are all fantastic. At least you can become a share holder of either or both the big 2, if they are making such a "wicked" profit, just buy a minimum parcel of their shares, and become a part owner and enjoy the wicked profit. Might be better if ACCC looked into union run industry super funds .
    Pass the Ductape
    8th Mar 2013
    8:12am
    Or, you could otherwise set yourself up to cut your own throat. Same thing!
    adbob
    8th Mar 2013
    12:36pm
    @taylah Some recent news for you.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-15/accc-to-investigate-supermarket-giants/4522180

    This is the wrong place to criticise industry super funds. They were the first to provide competition against the cartel of retail funds. Many on here would be retirees still suffering from having their hard-earned life's savings pilfered by financial advisers (sic) whose only advice was to invest the lot in a retail fund which gave them secret kickbacks sometimes amounting to 3% of capital year on year indefinitely - for doing absolutely nothing.

    If you want to attack someone on the left have a go at creepy careerist Bill Shorten, who has watered down his predecessor's proposed legislation to alleviate this to virtually useless - ie the same as what the Liberals wanted.
    maxchugg
    10th Mar 2013
    2:39pm
    After about a week the "wingers" outnumber those who are happy with the big 2 by about 90%. Surely that says everything, Taylah!
    PlanB
    8th Mar 2013
    9:04am
    Their petrol prices are normally way dearer than other as well--I never buy their petrol UNLESS I have NO choice as it is normally that "E" rubbish, also we have NO Woollies petrol here and would have to drive about 100k there and back--but they refuse to give that amount OFF the stuff we buy
    Janall
    8th Mar 2013
    10:43am
    We have an Aldi shopping list and another for Coles. As my wife has a few issues we have found Gluten free bread at Aldi for $3.99, about $3 less than the others. Also lactose free milk is 60c cheaper per litre and bananas always 99c kg compared to around $4 at Coles. Aldi fruit and veggies, although not a big range, is fresher and lasts longer too.
    sirrom50
    8th Mar 2013
    11:10am
    Well i shop at Aldi and buy the Soy Supreme Lactose Free Milk for 1.19 per litre. Bananas are never under 1.99 here in Bendigo at Aldi but lately around $ 4 at Coles & Safeway.
    Pass the Ductape
    8th Mar 2013
    12:21pm
    Not always the case that fruit and vege are good quality Janall. Where we buy at ALDI, some of the fruit and vegies we see leave a lot to be desired. I think it depends very much on the location of the store.

    Such shortage of staff numbers also means that spills on the floor are often left for a considerable time before they're are cleaned up. I saw one frozen food section containing ice-cream, that for some reason, (maybe a power cut) had obviously melted in their containers and leaked out over the shelving. Once refrozen, it lay there for several months before the mess was finally cleaned up. Also, many items are over packaged to make the product look as though you are getting more than you actually do. And I wonder if anyone else has found like we have, that very often, their packaged biscuits are all too often broken in half or resemble nothing but large crumbs when unpacked at home?

    Quite often their soda water is flat, with poorly sealed caps being at fault: A manufacturing fault no less but Aldi need to get on top of these things before their reputation as an acceptable alternative to Woolworths and Coles is not to suffer. .
    catsahoy
    8th Mar 2013
    5:16pm
    if the two big supermarkets really wanted to help , they would scrape these petrol deals and give us a saving worth something, most pensioners i know of my age,73, do not drive, and if they do its short distances, to help these chains could give a discount on the amout bought, say 15% on a 30 dollar shop, 20% on a 50 dollar or over shop, this would help us more than the petrol dockets, we just show our pension card to get the discount, also ,the petrol stations that actually sell the cheaper fuel are so few and far between they are of no benifit, i live in south melbourne, the closest service station is near the ALFRED HOSPITAL,so even if i drove'which i dont] it would be pretty pointless for me to go that distance to save a tiny amount on fuel, the supermarket that gave a discount would get mine and im sure others a reason to shop there and to be loyal to that shop. how about we put a suggestion to them, they would still make huge profits,
    catsahoy
    8th Mar 2013
    5:16pm
    if the two big supermarkets really wanted to help , they would scrape these petrol deals and give us a saving worth something, most pensioners i know of my age,73, do not drive, and if they do its short distances, to help these chains could give a discount on the amout bought, say 15% on a 30 dollar shop, 20% on a 50 dollar or over shop, this would help us more than the petrol dockets, we just show our pension card to get the discount, also ,the petrol stations that actually sell the cheaper fuel are so few and far between they are of no benifit, i live in south melbourne, the closest service station is near the ALFRED HOSPITAL,so even if i drove'which i dont] it would be pretty pointless for me to go that distance to save a tiny amount on fuel, the supermarket that gave a discount would get mine and im sure others a reason to shop there and to be loyal to that shop. how about we put a suggestion to them, they would still make huge profits,
    catsahoy
    8th Mar 2013
    5:16pm
    if the two big supermarkets really wanted to help , they would scrape these petrol deals and give us a saving worth something, most pensioners i know of my age,73, do not drive, and if they do its short distances, to help these chains could give a discount on the amout bought, say 15% on a 30 dollar shop, 20% on a 50 dollar or over shop, this would help us more than the petrol dockets, we just show our pension card to get the discount, also ,the petrol stations that actually sell the cheaper fuel are so few and far between they are of no benifit, i live in south melbourne, the closest service station is near the ALFRED HOSPITAL,so even if i drove'which i dont] it would be pretty pointless for me to go that distance to save a tiny amount on fuel, the supermarket that gave a discount would get mine and im sure others a reason to shop there and to be loyal to that shop. how about we put a suggestion to them, they would still make huge profits,
    catsahoy
    8th Mar 2013
    5:16pm
    if the two big supermarkets really wanted to help , they would scrape these petrol deals and give us a saving worth something, most pensioners i know of my age,73, do not drive, and if they do its short distances, to help these chains could give a discount on the amout bought, say 15% on a 30 dollar shop, 20% on a 50 dollar or over shop, this would help us more than the petrol dockets, we just show our pension card to get the discount, also ,the petrol stations that actually sell the cheaper fuel are so few and far between they are of no benifit, i live in south melbourne, the closest service station is near the ALFRED HOSPITAL,so even if i drove'which i dont] it would be pretty pointless for me to go that distance to save a tiny amount on fuel, the supermarket that gave a discount would get mine and im sure others a reason to shop there and to be loyal to that shop. how about we put a suggestion to them, they would still make huge profits,
    catsahoy
    8th Mar 2013
    5:16pm
    if the two big supermarkets really wanted to help , they would scrape these petrol deals and give us a saving worth something, most pensioners i know of my age,73, do not drive, and if they do its short distances, to help these chains could give a discount on the amout bought, say 15% on a 30 dollar shop, 20% on a 50 dollar or over shop, this would help us more than the petrol dockets, we just show our pension card to get the discount, also ,the petrol stations that actually sell the cheaper fuel are so few and far between they are of no benifit, i live in south melbourne, the closest service station is near the ALFRED HOSPITAL,so even if i drove'which i dont] it would be pretty pointless for me to go that distance to save a tiny amount on fuel, the supermarket that gave a discount would get mine and im sure others a reason to shop there and to be loyal to that shop. how about we put a suggestion to them, they would still make huge profits,
    catsahoy
    8th Mar 2013
    5:16pm
    if the two big supermarkets really wanted to help , they would scrape these petrol deals and give us a saving worth something, most pensioners i know of my age,73, do not drive, and if they do its short distances, to help these chains could give a discount on the amout bought, say 15% on a 30 dollar shop, 20% on a 50 dollar or over shop, this would help us more than the petrol dockets, we just show our pension card to get the discount, also ,the petrol stations that actually sell the cheaper fuel are so few and far between they are of no benifit, i live in south melbourne, the closest service station is near the ALFRED HOSPITAL,so even if i drove'which i dont] it would be pretty pointless for me to go that distance to save a tiny amount on fuel, the supermarket that gave a discount would get mine and im sure others a reason to shop there and to be loyal to that shop. how about we put a suggestion to them, they would still make huge profits,
    catsahoy
    8th Mar 2013
    5:16pm
    if the two big supermarkets really wanted to help , they would scrape these petrol deals and give us a saving worth something, most pensioners i know of my age,73, do not drive, and if they do its short distances, to help these chains could give a discount on the amout bought, say 15% on a 30 dollar shop, 20% on a 50 dollar or over shop, this would help us more than the petrol dockets, we just show our pension card to get the discount, also ,the petrol stations that actually sell the cheaper fuel are so few and far between they are of no benifit, i live in south melbourne, the closest service station is near the ALFRED HOSPITAL,so even if i drove'which i dont] it would be pretty pointless for me to go that distance to save a tiny amount on fuel, the supermarket that gave a discount would get mine and im sure others a reason to shop there and to be loyal to that shop. how about we put a suggestion to them, they would still make huge profits,
    catsahoy
    8th Mar 2013
    5:16pm
    if the two big supermarkets really wanted to help , they would scrape these petrol deals and give us a saving worth something, most pensioners i know of my age,73, do not drive, and if they do its short distances, to help these chains could give a discount on the amout bought, say 15% on a 30 dollar shop, 20% on a 50 dollar or over shop, this would help us more than the petrol dockets, we just show our pension card to get the discount, also ,the petrol stations that actually sell the cheaper fuel are so few and far between they are of no benifit, i live in south melbourne, the closest service station is near the ALFRED HOSPITAL,so even if i drove'which i dont] it would be pretty pointless for me to go that distance to save a tiny amount on fuel, the supermarket that gave a discount would get mine and im sure others a reason to shop there and to be loyal to that shop. how about we put a suggestion to them, they would still make huge profits,
    PlanB
    8th Mar 2013
    5:35pm
    Cats, I have been asking them to give us a discount for years --and no luck so far at all
    Annie_T
    8th Mar 2013
    6:22pm
    Like many, I am limited where I can shop. I like my local IGA, and I go there at least 4 times a week. Its small and I leave my gofer outside, with the dog. While they have good specials, and they have many near useby dated things at great bargains, there are often some items which they don't have, or are too expensive imo. So that's when I make the halfhour trip to Coles or Woolworths when I can.
    I hate those stores, they are too big and I need to take my gofer in. ITs not easy, I have to continually watch that I don't bump into other people and it is difficult accessing shelves etc. I'm too independant, too frugal and stubborn, to use delivery or other services for my shopping. And while I can ask for help from staff, its frustrating trying to find someone, especially when its busy. Its a catch 22 for me. Great service at UGA, where they all know me, or saving a few dollars with the monsters of supermarkets just so that I have something left in my purse come next pension day.
    Vickbenla
    9th Mar 2013
    7:13am
    We had Woolworths & Franklins/IGA until recently, when Franklins closed, now Woolworths are milking the fact they are the only supermarket in our town. Their prices have risen on everything, they don't stock any of the cheaper brands, the lines at the very few open checkouts are long. I hate shopping there, but my alternative is Aldi 50 km away, I go to Aldi every 2 weeks for a big shop, but have no choice for day to day items, there is only Woolworths & they are a total rip off
    Pines
    9th Mar 2013
    9:52am
    Sorry, I have to disagree with almost all of you. Unless you are buying just a few items I find shopping at Aldi horrendous. Everyone shoves and pushes and the checkouts are like you are in a race.. You have to have help if you have many items because the little area at the till is so small everything has to be practically thrown in the trolley so you can get out of the way for the next person. I also have not found their fruit and vegs to be good quality, in fact quite poor.With the exception of bananas I never buy these items from Aldi. Maybe they do have good deals on small electrical products but these are not things you buy at Supermarkets every week. Plus I have bought some very good, excellently priced small appliances from both Coles and Kmart. At least you get service from the majority of Coles and Woolworths and we also have a Super IGA on our regular Shopping trip, where they give excellent service and have beautiful products. Cheap isn't always best because often it gets thrown out.
    Pass the Ductape
    10th Mar 2013
    7:35am
    You raise some very good points Pines and I have to agree with your comments about it similar to being in a race once you hit the checkout. I'm not sure if it's the same in every ALDI store but I find in the ones we go to, that the stupid credit card reading machine is placed right where the groceries are meant to be placed when they come through after pricing. Unless the checkout operator is awake to this and pushes the items further towards you, it is often difficult to reach over or around this machine far enough, to remove your groceries and place them back into the trolley - unless of course you have arms that are two metres long! This tends to clog up the area in general and elicits a dirty look from the checkout operator who then belligerently shoves the lot towards you, in a move that suggests you need to increase your efforts to speed up loading your trolley, no matter what!
    Still, when I can save at least a hundred dollars and more a fortnight per shopping trip, I guess we have to put up with the inconvenience of doing this, and the dirty looks.
    Pass the Ductape
    10th Mar 2013
    7:54am
    I should also point out that once having experienced the ALDI way of shopping, the regular methods of checkout operations (Woolworths/Coles)seem to be sooooooooo slow, that you feel a need to go around to the other side of the counter and show the checkout chick how to actually work faster for a living!! Woolworths must be aware of this: they're attempting to combat ALDI's strategy by allowing customers to process their own groceries through the self-help checkout procedure. Probably a smart move on their part, but don't forget, if Woolies etc corner the market, not only will we have cut our own throat; by using the self help checkout system, we're also guilty of sharpening the knife.
    QHR04
    9th Mar 2013
    9:45pm
    Woollies also sell packets of "Whiting" in their frozen fish section. It's NOT whiting at all but an unrelated species known as "blue Whiting" This is a fithy digusting fish that carries a lot of worms and parasites!! You'd be better off with Vietnamese basa. Coles do at least label them honestly as "blue whiting"! I bought some "lamb offcuts" at Coles to make soup with ( who can afford real meat any more !!?) and there was lights ( lungs) in there...these were sold for soup bones not pet food. I refuse to play their "free range" egg game too. It was bad enough when they quadrupled the price of light globes which don't last any longer than the old ones and break much more easily
    PlanB
    10th Mar 2013
    5:26am
    Thanks for that info also QHR04, it really is getting to the stage where you can't trust anyone--I used to buy the frozen fish sometimes --as it said it came from NZ --thinking clean water there--WRONG---they import it from anywhere and RELABEL. OMG fancy selling organ meat for soup bones ! Yes I wonder about the eggs also ! Also the new fangled globes don't last any time at all
    Pass the Ductape
    10th Mar 2013
    8:20am
    Yaayyyy! And I thought I was the only one who noticed this. I thought I was going mental.
    I always thought Australia sent our best products overseas to get the best price. If this is so, how is it that the so-called 'poorer' countries of the world can afford the ‘high prices’ of the products we send to them, and why are Australians then paying such high prices for the crap which is left.
    Should this system work in reverse and we are importing the best products other countries offer - then I have news for someone - their best, is worse than the high-priced crap we produce here!
    We all must be a pack of mugs to put up with being continually ripped off in this manner. Is there nothing we can do to get it changed?
    catsahoy
    10th Mar 2013
    7:42pm
    ploan b, i can only say that if everyone picked up one of those leaflets at the counter in coles ,asking how we can help you, if we had enough people saying they wanted the discount on goods, they may take note, im not holding my breath, but who knows,
    catsahoy
    10th Mar 2013
    7:42pm
    ploan b, i can only say that if everyone picked up one of those leaflets at the counter in coles ,asking how we can help you, if we had enough people saying they wanted the discount on goods, they may take note, im not holding my breath, but who knows,
    catsahoy
    10th Mar 2013
    7:42pm
    ploan b, i can only say that if everyone picked up one of those leaflets at the counter in coles ,asking how we can help you, if we had enough people saying they wanted the discount on goods, they may take note, im not holding my breath, but who knows,
    catsahoy
    10th Mar 2013
    7:42pm
    ploan b, i can only say that if everyone picked up one of those leaflets at the counter in coles ,asking how we can help you, if we had enough people saying they wanted the discount on goods, they may take note, im not holding my breath, but who knows,
    catsahoy
    10th Mar 2013
    7:42pm
    ploan b, i can only say that if everyone picked up one of those leaflets at the counter in coles ,asking how we can help you, if we had enough people saying they wanted the discount on goods, they may take note, im not holding my breath, but who knows,
    catsahoy
    10th Mar 2013
    7:42pm
    ploan b, i can only say that if everyone picked up one of those leaflets at the counter in coles ,asking how we can help you, if we had enough people saying they wanted the discount on goods, they may take note, im not holding my breath, but who knows,
    catsahoy
    10th Mar 2013
    7:42pm
    ploan b, i can only say that if everyone picked up one of those leaflets at the counter in coles ,asking how we can help you, if we had enough people saying they wanted the discount on goods, they may take note, im not holding my breath, but who knows,
    Scottie
    11th Mar 2013
    9:27am
    I have rung several manufacturers to ask why I can no longer buy their products. These are mostly specially foods (gluten free or vegan, etc). The reply is mostly the same. Coles and/or Woolworths refuse to stock them, claiming they "don't sell", so they have simply STOPPED manufacturing them. It is a very sad state of affairs when the big chains are actually dictating what is to be produced
    Pass the Ductape
    12th Mar 2013
    7:46am
    True. And don't you just love the supermarket statements that tell you - 'it's what our customers want' ? Duh! Just how dumb do they think we are. It's never what the customer wants; it's all about what the superamarket chains can get the most profit from.
    PlanB
    11th Mar 2013
    9:44am
    Yes it is a darn shame Scottie and to think that people that have a diet problem have to pay a HEAP more for their products too -- if they are able to buy them
    shele
    11th Mar 2013
    9:36pm
    We are so fortunate to have so many choices within Australia. I have just returned from an experience in Egypt (Not a holiday as I prefer to say I learned so much) We are So fortunate to live in Australia and have so much. Choices in abundance. We can shop anywhere we please. I shop all over the place wherever I am passing and I prefer smaller shoppingcentres. We can budget whereever we shop. I have travelled many cou ntries in recent years,We have the best country i n the world...And choices, choices, choices!!! fresh healthy food in abundance. People employed, High standards of living, Social welfare. etc etc etc. Sure I do get annoyed with some stuff in supermarkets and will only purchase Aussie made and produced whereever possible. This really needs looking into!!!
    casper dude
    12th Mar 2013
    5:49pm
    To all of us Australians - do you really know how we are being ripped off big time with most things compared to prices in the UK and US. It isn't just food but medical items, medicines, shoes, clothes, all sorts of consumer items. Speak to anyone who has recently been to UK or US and they will tell you how very expensive Australia has become, especially fruit and veg. Why do they charge these prices? Because they can. We shop in Aldi and our local IGA when we can't get what we want in Aldi but we can buy most things in Aldi. They are getting more items in and it's all good quality too as well as much cheaper. More competition is still need to be more competitive in this country. We avoid Woolworths and Coles like the plague so it will be good to see an Aldi closer to where we live.
    Pass the Ductape
    13th Mar 2013
    7:31am
    Exactly! I get sick and tired of the rubbish put about by retailers who continually try to convince people that they're being hard done by, when the mark up on most items resembles 100% - and in many cases, much, much more than that.
    What about the sales pitch that assures customers they're getting up to 50% and 60% off the retail price when on 'sale', when in fact the product's true worth is way, way less than the so-called 'sale' price anyway?
    It’s all just a retailing ploy to make people think they're getting a good deal when in fact the retailer is inflating the original price in the first instance and the so-called reduced, ‘on sale’ price, still returns a handsome profit. I can’t believe people get conned so easily into believing they’re saving money by buying goods on sale. They simply aren’t!
    I recall a book I purchased some time ago, sporting an ‘on sale’ price tag of $2.99. Underneath this tag were four other price tags, (pretty dumb to leave them on for a start) and once peeled off, the second one revealed a price of $3.99 - under that, a third tag that read $4.99 - and then a fourth under that one which read $5.99!
    The bottom tag; the original placed on the book and subsequently covered by the four others, read $2.99 - the price of the book in the first instance, and the ‘on sale’ price I subsequently paid.
    bigpella
    28th Aug 2015
    1:25pm
    When I was in employment we had a mantra, "When all else fails read the instructions", now I have a new one, "Before I put it in the basket/trolley read the label." If it's from another country it usually goes back on the shelf, if it's labeled Made in Australia from imported and local products it suffers the same fate. This applies whether it's Aldi, Coles or Woolworths.
    When I look at home brands at C & W the majority of products are imported from overseas and I suspect they are of inferior quality because of their cheapness. From my observations Aldi have as good a ratio of local to imported items and equal or better quality than C or W.
    We buy fruit and veges and meat from local stores like old grumpy and milk from IGA who stock local milk from local milk producers, not the multi-nationals. It might cost more but it's not homogenised and it tastes like milk. It's interesting to see that the big players in the milk industry can produce milk that once was supposedly uneconomic when the little fellas offer it and look like taking some of their market share.
    Twenty years ago when in the UK I heard or read that the 2 largest supermarket chains were not allowed to have more than 45% of the market by legislation. It's a pity we don't have something similar here. The following website link makes interesting reading: http://uk.kantar.com/consumer/shoppers/2015/june-kantar-worldpanel-uk-grocery-share/.
    Compare it to the Australian one : http://www.stuartalexander.com.au/aust_grocery_market_woolworths_coles_wholesale.php. It's no wonder we're being ripped off. Come on Australia!! insist on Australian products on our shelves and keep our home grown products and manufacturers in business.


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