Coles and Woolworths spent much of 2014 defending their behaviour in court. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) brought several actions against one or both of them throughout the year for breaching undertakings, misleading consumers and bullying suppliers.
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When you're shopping at the supermarket with kids, it can sometimes be tough to keep them under control. Instead of just distracting them, you can keep them occupied by making them part of the shopping process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.