Poll: Should supermarkets ditch $1-a-litre milk?
This week, supermarket milk prices have been thrown into the spotlight once again, following Woolworths’ decision on Monday to scrap its $1-a-litre milk to ensure more money going back to Australian dairy farmers.
Two and three litre varieties of Woolworths branded fresh milk will be priced at $2.20 and $3.30 respectively, with the full 10 cent increase to go to the 450+ farmers who supply into this milk.
The following day, Coles and Aldi declared that they would not be making the same change to their milk prices sparking a fierce reaction from federal agriculture minister David Littleproud.
Coles said it would not remove its $1-a-litre Coles-branded milk from sale, citing cost of living pressures on customers.
The supermarket said in a statement that it would help farmers in other ways including collecting customer donations and matching these donations dollar-for-dollar from next week.
Aldi said low prices were a core promise to its customers and gave no indication its pricing policy would change.
The retailer has absorbed costs increases so far and has not passed them on to customers.
Littleproud has urged customers to boycott the two stores after they failed to follow Woolworths and stop selling milk at $1 a litre.
“The farmers wouldn’t need donations from the public if Coles and Aldi paid fair prices,” Littleproud said on Tuesday.
Today we’re asking, do you think supermarkets should scrap $1-a-litre milk to better support dairy farmers?