Aldi hits back at Woolworths on signing code of conduct
Aldi has argued against taking any steps to sign the food and grocery code of conduct until it receives feedback from the Australian government and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
As reported by The Australian Financial Review, head of Woolworths Tjeerd Jegen has alleged the German-owned rival has products that are similar to some national brands, such as Bundaberg ginger beer, Procter & Gamble’s Pantene shampoo, General Mills’s Old El Paso taco kits and Kellogg’s Special K, which infringes on the intellectual property of these suppliers.
"One of our major competitors has 96 percent of their range that is own-brand," he said. "If you don’t look carefully, you’d think it came from suppliers’ brands."
Last month, Coles, Woolworths and the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) signed a draft voluntary industry code of conduct that will govern the retailer-supplier trading relationship, including prohibiting retailers from using suppliers’ intellectual property to develop private label products. Retail Biz – Read more…