Coles supermarket rejects unfair dealing allegations

The Coles supermarket chain has categorically rejected allegations by the ACCC that it misled and unfairly treated 200 small suppliers by forcing them to pay rebates to fund a new supply chain scheme.

The ACCC has acted on evidence from 50 suppliers, those named in the case, include family businesses Sandhurst Fine foods, that produces Italian antipasto foods, Queen Fine Foods, based in Brisbane, that produces vanilla and icing products, and Maggie Beer’s Pheasant Farms gourmet foods.

Coles has maintained that the money would be used to improve efficiencies in its supply chain, but the ACCC alleges that in doing so, Coles has tried to obtain $16 million in rebates from small suppliers since 2011.

Read more here: ABC


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