Lit­tleproud slams the su­per­mar­kets

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Primex -

SU­PER­MAR­KET gi­ants Coles and Aldi are be­ing urged to do more to aid drought-stricken dairy farm­ers, with the Fed­eral Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter mark­ing down their be­hav­iour.

Coles ended its 30-cent sur­charge on its three-litre milk range as the clock ticked over into 2019, de­spite archri­val Wool­worths keep­ing its drought sup­port equiv­a­lent in place.

“The drought did not end on De­cem­ber 31 and struc­tural re­form through a manda­tory code of con­duct is still pro­gress­ing,” David Lit­tleproud said .

“Mums and dads want to help farm­ers out but Coles ba­si­cally said they don’t care.

“There is no rea­son why Coles could not con­tinue its scheme like Wool­worths has.”

Mr Lit­tleproud orig­i­nally crit­i­cised Coles in Oc­to­ber for only ap­ply­ing its drought scheme to three-litre bot­tles.

“It’s bad enough Coles re­fused to put the levy on its two- and one-litre milk in the first place and just shows they were brought kick­ing and scream­ing to do some­thing to start with,” he said.

“Many farm­ers sup­ply­ing Coles milk still haven’t seen a cent. Coles’ ef­forts to get it back to the farm­ers sup­ply­ing the milk were dead lazy.

“Coles don’t deal di­rectly with farm­ers –the pro­ces­sors do – and so the pro­ces­sors had to be in­volved to get the money back to the farm­ers.

A Coles spokesman said the su­per­mar­ket “an­tic­i­pated that all suc­cess­ful grants will be dis­trib­uted by no later than Jan­uary 31, 2019”.

“Since the fundrais­ing pe­riod ended, Coles has con­tacted more than 600 dairy farm­ers to let them know their ap­pli­ca­tion to the Coles Dairy Drought Re­lief Fund has been suc­cess­ful,” the spokesman said.

“We asked farm­ers to con­firm their bank­ing de­tails to en­sure their ap­proved funds get to them with­out de­lay when we dis­trib­ute them.”

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