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Discount supermarket chain ALDI has become a popular choice for frugal shoppers, but so far has only operated in the Eastern states of Australia, where it has over 300 stores. That's going to change in the (relatively) near future, with ALDI firming up plans for distribution centres in South Australia and Western Australia to service supermarkets in those states.

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On January 26, 2011, grocery retailer Coles fired the first salvo in what would soon be dubbed the "supermarket price wars" by reducing the price of its own-brand milk to $1 per litre. Woolworths immediately responded.

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Coles has been banned from promoting its bread products as "fresh" for three years as punishment for false advertising. The Federal Court found that breads advertised by Coles as "freshly baked in store" were sometimes produced months previously in other countries. The supermarket giant must also display a notice in its stores and on its website telling shoppers that it has broken Australian consumer law.

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For many years, Australia's supermarkets tacitly agreed that the cheapest loaf of bread for sale would be a 650 gram white loaf for $1. Now Woolworths and Coles have decided that's apparently too expensive, and are selling that same white loaf for 85 cents.

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Many people eat badly because far too much of their energy is provided by nutritionally worthless junk foods and drinks. Part of the problem is the push by the food industry to get us to buy food that may be bad for us but good for its business.

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Most people realise that long-life juice contains extra ingredients that nature never intended. As it turns out, this includes traces of meat and alcohol. No really. Juice manufacturer Golden Circle recently admitted that it uses alcohol-based flavours and a clarifying agent derived from beef for its long-life juice range. Personally, when I order "cow juice" I expect to be served a glass of milk.

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When we rounded up all the store brand goods you could buy in a supermarket for less than a dollar earlier this week, I noted that Woolworths was charging more than Coles or ALDI for quite a few staple items and didn't seem as committed to price-matching as it once was. It seems Woolworths has also belatedly noticed this trend — some of those items have now dropped back to the same price as its rivals.

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The manufacturer of Victoria Honey has been ordered to pay $30,600 in penalties for falsely claiming that its products were produced by honey bees. In reality, the chief ingredient is plant sugar derived from corn and sugar canes. To add another fly/bee to the ointment, the honey is actually a product of Turkey rather than Victoria as the name suggests. Tch.