Deputy Anne Rabbitte has said that she believes Aldi are genuine in their commitment to the Irish beef sector, which, at present, she outlined, is seeing farmers being “cheated out of earnings rightly owed to them”.
She made the statement in her regular newsletter as she welcomed the positive engagement from Aldi and its work on the pricing issues in the beef sector, as well as its meeting with the Beef Plan Movement in recent weeks.
During the recent IFA backed blockades at distribution centres around the country, Deputy Rabbitte contacted all major retailers in Ireland, including Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Dunnes Stores, and the Musgrave Group, to once again seek their engagement on pricing and the extension of the 30-month age limit to 36-months, as well as the operation of the QPS and its impact on pricing.
“In a letter issued by Aldi to me, the chain outlined its co-operation with the Beef Task Force, as well as its ongoing analysis of the age limit extension, which will feed into its submissions to the Beef Task Force.” the TD explained in newsletter.
“It’s clear that retailers have a key role to play in resolving the issue of price.”
She said that dialogue is needed to resolve these issues so a “satisfactory” conclusion can be reached for farmers.
“There are a lot of delicate relationships to balance here and a part of the problem is the level of needless mysteriousness in these discussions.”