Dairy farmers in mayo and across Australia have welcomed Woolworths’ move to put an end to dollar-per-litre milk, an important step towards fairer farm gate returns.
Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer said the dairy industry had been working for years to get $1/litre milk off the shelves since major supermarkets introduced it in 2011.
“Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) and Woolworths deserve congratulations for this move, which signals an end to $1/litre milk and gives dairy farmers hope their hard work will be better valued by retailers,” Ms Downer said.
“I expect other major retailers such as Coles and Aldi to follow Woolworths’ lead and raise the price of their $1/litre milk to $1.10/litre too.
“As we’ve witnessed all too recently, dairy farmers in Mayo are struggling with rising production costs and for some of them it’s increasingly difficult to stay in business. Drought in the eastern states has compounded the problem by sending hay and fodder prices soaring.
“We can all help out by making sure we purchase milk and dairy products such as cheese, yoghurt, butter and cream produced and manufactured right here in South Australia.
“Consumers responded strongly when $1/litre milk was introduced. They continued to purchase other brands, and by 2017 sales of these brands overtook sales of the supermarkets’ $1/litre milk.
“It’s great to see one major retailer moving away from this unsustainable practice, with a commitment to better returns for dairy farmers. This is an important industry in Mayo and I welcome any move which will result in better returns for our dairy farmers.”