Woolworths and Coles increase milk price in support of drought-affected farmers

Irving Hamilton
September 20, 2018

The retail giant's new Drought Relief range will offer customers in in Queensland, New South Wales and ACT additional Woolworths Full Cream and Woolworths Lite Milk varieties at $2.20 for two litres and $3.30 for three litres.

Joe Bradley, a Queensland dairy farmer, said the 10 cent milk levy was just a small step to helping farmers affected by the drought.

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Customers will be able to purchase the Drought Relief range which will have been sourced directly from farmers in affected areas.

"A lot of farmers have been extremely frustrated that it hasn't happened sooner because if you go around the Darling Downs or out west of New South Wales here it's really bad and they need the money now".

'To further support Australian farmers Coles will, from today until the end of the year, increase the price of our 3L Own Brand milk from $3.00 to $3.30.

"There's no doubt many dairy farmers are doing it tough in the face of the drought and we're keen to support them through this hard time", Woolworths director of fresh food Paul Harker said.

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Woolworths has announced it will introduce a special drought relief milk range lifting the price of its milk by 10 cents a litre.

A Coles spokesperson said the supermarket chain had always supported Aussie farmers.

Understanding that this won't solve the wider structural issues Harker said: "The move is about easing some of the immediate pressure brought on by the drought, while government and industry work through the long-term reform agenda needed to ensure future generations of dairy farmers can prosper".

Supermarkets had previously been reluctant to increase the price of milk to help farmers, with concerns where the money would end up.

The decision adds to the supermarket's ongoing support of Aussie dairy farmers with Coles and its customers already committing nearly $12 million to drought relief, including $5 million from the Coles Nurture Fund.

The Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud congratulated Coles on coming to the party to help farmers.

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