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Coles, Woolies push brands off shelves:

Coles and Woolworths are progressively pushing their generic-branded products while bumping established brands off their shelves, consumer group Choice says.
Date: April 01 2012
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The advocacy group says a new investigation has revealed how the two dominant supermarkets are using poorer shelf positioning and copycat packaging to give an advantage to their own brands over established ones.

The watchdog says it's received feedback from shoppers that the generic brands are replacing other brands and its investigation shows consumers are not imagining things.

Consumers may be saving some money but it's bad news for independent suppliers' brands, Choice says.

"When two brands compete for space on the shelf and when one of those brands is owned by the supermarket, it's not hard to figure out who the winner is going to be," Choice spokeswoman Ingrid Just said in a statement on Sunday.

"The generic labels are very effective, it is easy to mistakenly pick up generic brand products because they look just like established brands.

"For the consumer who is watching their budget, the rise of generic brands may be a good thing.

"For the shopper who wants an independent product however, their choices become more limited."

Choice says one in four supermarket products are currently generic and this will grow to one in three by 2016.

Ms Just said shoppers should use people power - if their favourite brands disappear, tell the store or go elsewhere.

What do you think of generic branded products? Do you purchase them to save money?

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Wendy McDonald says: 2012 05 11

As a mother who has anaphalaxis, it is so important for me to know of any additives. Eggs, milk extender, sea salt are some of the things that we have anaphalaxis too because of generics.

A Baker says: 2012 09 01

Cheap prices mean cheap contents…. so my question is - where are those contents coming from and what has been added that we are not made aware of?  Fine to say “It’s on the label” but labelling laws have a lot to answer to.

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