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Farmers complain as discount grocers lower prices again

DDP/The Local · 14 Jan 2010, 11:29

Published: 14 Jan 2010 11:29 GMT+01:00

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Some 40 different foods – including vegetable oil, peanuts, corn flakes, cherries, and chocolate bars – will now be even more affordable, according to the retailers.

Other chains generally follow when discount market leader Aldi slashes its prices – which it did 12 times last year.

But farmers have complained repeatedly that their wares are worth more. Ahead of Green Week, the world’s largest agricultural trade show beginning on Thursday in Berlin, industry leaders called for a re-examination of the grocery price war.

“The price mess, selling foodstuffs at a loss, must have an end,” head of the BVE national food industry association Jürgen Abraham said on Wednesday.

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Meanwhile Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner told daily Saarbrücker Zeitung that lower prices were not just damaging to farmers, but would also “sooner or later reduce the quality and therefore affect consumers.”

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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14:16 January 14, 2010 by kent
if you buy lasagne at aldi you deserve to be thumped on the head with a frozen baggette, never ever buy pre made foods, MAKE YOUR OWN DISHES its pasta how hard it it to boil water??.

that said i go to ALDI AND PENNY MARKT the prices on cheese meat bread etc are not coming down those are the EU farmers goods,

the rest is factory productions, as far as chocolates are concerned all of those farms are in AFRICA for coco beans.

peanut farms GOOBERS are in the southern united states

these EU farmers are crying about products they DONT EVEN PRODUCE
07:59 January 15, 2010 by auniquecorn
Aldi and Penny Markt keep up the great work.
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