When I went to Coles yesterday afternoon the only milk left was Coles brand milk. Fully stocked. Couldn't get my Maleny Dairies milk. Hoping I can get it elsewhere. If you can find out who your local dairy is and don't mind paying the extra for it then I'd go with that. I pay $4.45 for a 2L bottle.
I have been trying to figure out who produces Aldi milk. We are going today today so I'll look at the back just hoping someone else may have an idea?
Does anyone know where a2 milk fits in this? Thx
essentially - homebrand ... well anything - is used to force brand manufacturers out of business.
Coles and Woolworths use their purchasing power to make the manufacturers supply their products for substantially cheaper, and then in addition sell their homebrand against them.
Companies (such as dairy companies) dont have a choice but to sell to Woolies and Coles - that is 90% of their market - so they are forced to take the price that the supermarkets tell them they will pay.
the supermarkets then say ... we are going to have a price war - so we will pay you less for your product as we still have to make our margin ...
and also say - actually our homebrand product is on sale for $1 (paying the dairy farmers even less for those) so essentially the dairy producers wont sell even what they do have.
Having 2 companies with 90% of the market share for groceries is not good - and allowing them to manufacture and produce their own brands (reducing choice available and holding manufacturers hostage by blackmailing them) is a recipe for disaster.
I choose not to by Woolworths or Coles brand anything. Ever. I like the ability to be able to choose what brand I buy ...
We switched from generic milk to branded milk about 18 months ago (either Great Ocean Rd Dairy or Greener Pastures). I shop almost exclusively at Coles. I switched because I felt bad about paying such low prices for milk and didn't like the thought of the impact on farmers. TBH, I didn't do a whole lot of research, just went with the brand that took up the least amount of shelf space at my usual supermarket. We go through about 8L a week. Coffee every day for me and most days for DH, tea every day for me, cereal most days for DH and the boys, milk with toast if the boys have toast instead, milk in baking (which I do once a week, most weeks), DH is an ultra marathon runner and has a huge milk based protein shake once a week and the boys often have milk before bed.
I also buy the only brand of eggs that Coles sells that is actually truly free range (Family Homestead in case anyone is interested). They're the most expensive ($9 a dozen) and we go through couple of dozen a week. I actually did research on that and made the most ethical choice possible because I refuse to support any egg farms that do any sort of cage or barn laid eggs (every other brand Coles stocks).
I'm a time-poor shopper and won't go to several smaller retailers to do grocery shopping so I go with the best choice I can make at Coles.
We are fortunate enough we can afford to pay higher prices for these products. It makes me incredibly angry that those on much tighter budgets are forced to make the choice between no eggs/milk or unethical choices (generic milk/caged eggs) because that's what they can afford. Ethical choices should be affordable by everyone. I make no judgement about those who buy the cheapest product they can afford. I'm sure if they had the luxury of paying more for ethical products, most would.
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