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As is the norm for Aldi, they are once again ahead of the curve – they’re formally signing and implementing a voluntary food and grocery code, making them the first supermarket in Australia to do so.

The code prohibits specific types of unfair conduct by retailers and wholesalers in their dealings with suppliers and provides a clearer framework for these relationships. It is a measure that piggybacks off existing protections for suppliers under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, including the unconscionable conduct provisions.

An Aldi spokesperson said, “We have always supported the concept of a strong and sustainable Australian grocery industry for retailers and suppliers. Aldi’s commitment to opt in to and implement the code before any other major supermarket is testament to our business values and dedication to quality supplier relationships”, reports InsideRetail.

The new terms start from today and will be enforced by the ACCC.

In March, Woolworths said the company “has been a strong supporter of a voluntary industry code of conduct and we look forward to seeing the government’s proposal after it has been considered by the Senate”, yet they still have not signed up to it.

The ACCC will have new powers to enforce the code and make sure Aldi is treating its suppliers correctly, including farmers and their distributors.

Small Business Minister Bruce Billson said there was no good reason why other supermarkets wouldn’t sign up to the code.

He told the ABC the Federal Government was still committed to making the code mandatory if retailers did not voluntarily embrace the code.

“If we can’t get to that point, I’ve made it clear that the government is prepared to escalate the code to one that forces their participation,” he said.

“I don’t think that’s necessary. That would be at odds with the spirit of the discussions that we’ve had to date, and the indications of support that I’ve received.

“I’m now calling on those supermarket chains to follow through on those words”.

Mr Billson said the Food and Grocery Code was designed to look after the people and businesses who supply supermarkets and it is about transparency and openness between suppliers and supermarkets.

Aldi’s move is a step forward with farmers in particular, as they have long argued than an independent and enforceable code of conduct was necessary.


So we want to know what you think: should all supermarkets enforce the Food and Grocery Code if it means helping our farmers and suppliers around Australia?

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  1. they should also cease stocking any halal certified products

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  2. ALDI have bar codes with no numbers at all…very shonky !!!

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    • Try finding out where Coles , Woolworths products are made
      You think in Australia then you are sadly mistaken Margaret

    • No Thank you, I don’t want my shopping dollars going to Germany. Fully back Aussie companies!

    • Don’t know what planet your from but myself and many others have shopped both in u k and Sydney and all the goods had bar codes

    • If anyone thinks Woolies is Australian then more fool you, as to Cole’s it was an Aussie company, but not anymore. As to the food at Aldi, some are as good as the other, some are better than the others and some just don’t get my vote. However, they are becoming the store I would rather shop in.

    • You don’t want your shopping dollars going to Germany but your happy for our farmers to get screwed. Hmm I can see the logic in that.

    • Aldi are supporting our farmers and manufacturers and providing jobs, I don’t give a fig if their profits go to Germany. Their stores are clean their goods are cheap. A family could save an enormous amount of money there. They have my support on all fronts.

    • What a dumb comment ” I don’t want my shopping dollars going to Germany”. Do you think their staff all FIFO from Germany? Have you bothered to read the labels? So profits after tax might go to OS but at least they pay tax in Australia.

    • What do you care about bar codes and why do you think it’s “Very Shonky” not to have numbers on them. Do you buy your product by reading the bar codes and when you go to a farmers market and nothing is bar coded are they “Shonky” too. Really interest in your reasoning here. You see the product, you see the price, that’s all you need to know.

  3. Of course they should! Good old Aldi for pulling a fast one on the other supermarkets yet again; this is a company that is gaining popularity in Australia at a great rate of knots, and deservedly so too! Good luck to them.

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