Big Supermarkets Blamed for Driving ‘Ridiculous’ Strawberry Prices
Have you noticed strawberries are berry cheap at the moment?
Punnets were selling for as low 80 cents in Coles supermarkets on Sunday, which is excellent news for fruit lovers, but not so great for farmers. While some farmers blame a strawberry glut in Queensland and Western Australia, others say the big supermarkets are forcing prices down to unsustainable levels.
"Coles and Woolies and IGA control the market," strawberry grower Lillian McMartin said, from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
Ms McMartin, who has been running McMartin’s Farms for 30 years, said it cost her about $1.40 to produce a punnet.
"If Coles and Woolies are selling them for 90 cents, you can see farmers will lose money," she said. Sydney Morning Herald – Read more…