Farmers are price takers not price setters unfortunately. Our costs of production keep rising rapidly and what we receive for our produce is getting lower everyday
I always shop at Woolworths (plus I work there), can not stand the layout of Coles. It just bugs me.
We get most of our meat from the local butcher next door which is been in our suburb for 20 odd years, but prefer mince/steaks from Woolworths.
Get fruit and veg from the fruit shop which is also in the small shopping complex.
IGA's prices (well at the least ones near me which are still quite a drive away) are an absolute joke, and I wouldn't buy anything from them unless I was absolutely desperate. Plus they don't have the range that the big supermarkets have.
Can never seem to find anything I want in Aldi either.
I must read up on this... But it makes no sense farmers (or anyone else with a product) should be able to set prices (provided its fair of course)...
Farmers should unite, if it came down to it I believe Australians would back Australian made, I would!
Problem is many Australians believe that lower prices have to be a good thing without thinking that Woolies and Coles won't cut their take so someone has to lose out. If farmers don't on sell their milk/bananas/tomatoes/whatever to the big 2 their market is fairly limited and so is their potentional income. They rely on the big 2 to buy their produce so have to take the price set by the buyer.
Purple Lily (03-09-2012)
I'm a dairy farmer, but I still shop at woollies, living out where I am our
Local IGA is a rip off and with 5 kids I just can't afford to shop there,
There are no farmers markets out here (Beleive it or not, crazy) but then most of the farmers out here are big
Farmers who don't have time to be trotting off to markets, the one I do know of travels hours to Melbourne to sell.
So woollies it is, it's the only place we
As a large farming family can afford to shop
I shop at Woolies. It's easy and convinient. I have about 1hr a week to do my food shopping, so I want to do it all in the one place, one trolley etc.
I try to avoid them. I'm in SA and have an awesome Foodland nearby. Of course, Coles is walking distance though! They get very little of our business
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