Supermarkets may not be milking dairy farmers dry

Last week the government announced that it was considering launching a royal commission into Australian supermarket giants, following allegations of misconduct toward milk pricing for drought relief. Politicians slammed big businesses such as Coles and Woolworths for being “tricky and cynical” and using the milk levy as a media stunt.   

And yet, a Royal Commission may be a waste of time and money, according to QUT Professor Gary Mortimer, an expert in food retail and retail operations. Consumers may be as much to blame as supermarkets. Processors might even be more at fault than anyone else in terms of pricing in the dairy industry. Have a listen to find out the true state of the dairy industry in Australia.

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