By James Atkinson

The Australian National Retailers Association (ANRA), representing Coles and Woolworths, has rejected a report by independent grocers and liquor retailers calling for regulators to take action against the continued expansion of the chains.

The Let's Have Fair Competition report released this week by the Master Grocers Australia/Liquor Retailers Australia (MGA) argues that unless the regulatory authorities take action against the national retailers, "Australians will suffer dire consequences".

"There will be no competition, prices will escalate and freedom of choice will be a thing of the past," it says.

But ANRA CEO Margy Osmond said the MGA represents the IGA group of retailers and far from 'fair competition', what they recommend will tilt the playing field in their favour, at the expense of consumers.

"It is time that IGA came out from behind this myth they are a small business – they have a substantial slice of the grocery and liquor market in Australia," she said.

"Aldi, a foreign owned entrant to the market, has grown from zero to 300 stores in less than a decade, a clear indication of the demand and the level of competition."

Osmond argued that MGA's call for more regulation would jeopardise the employment more than 300,000 Australians.

"The Australian supermarkets are leading the charge to bring the lowest possible prices to consumers, while still supporting local growers and manufacturers," she claimed.

But Jos de Bruin, CEO of MGA/LRA said the smaller independents are not getting a 'fair go'.

"It's time to take action against this powerful Goliath that is growing stronger every day. If the regulators sit back and do nothing to foster fair competition in the grocery and liquor retail industry, then the Australian consumer will literally pay the price in the long term," he said.

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  1. large retailers are indeed taking over and not everyone is aware of just how much. Check out and you’ll see what the “Goliath” Woolworths owns. make sure you check out this link also and that’s just one ABN. With wine Woolworths owns companies right through the supply chain from growing the grapes,making the wine,bottling, and retailing in its many forms. They even own langtons wine auctions so the vintage stuff is covered also. Great company but all at the cost of small bussiness. All this talk about lost jobs if the chains did not employ people is bull as they are killing small bussines which employs millions of people first then they employ some back..

  2. IGA is indeed a small bussiness when you look at what the “Goliath” owns just on the liquor side of things:

    Safeway Liquor – Retail
    BWS – Retail
    Dan Murphy’s – Retail
    Woolworths Liquor – Retail
    Cellarmasters – Retail and Wine Clubs
    Wineark – Wine storage and Retailer
    Langtons Wine Auctions
    Dorrien Estate Winery
    Vinpac – Bottling plant
    Winemarket – Online retailer
    International Liquor Wholesalers – Imports
    Laundy Liquor and it’s Hotels are in the pipeline to be purchased by Woolworths.

    Woolworths and Coles are huge and they have to be slowed or all Australian will pay the cost. Anyone thinking otherwise, other than Coles and Woolworths themselves, are fooling themselves.PS Did you know the Woolworths are the biggest owner of Poker machines in the country…

    I hope you do post this…

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