Published: Sun, December 08, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Lidl Reacts To IFA Protest At Its Charleville Distribution Centre

Lidl Reacts To IFA Protest At Its Charleville Distribution Centre

"All the parties to the talks, including the meat industry, are saying they want a deal", he said.

IFA has stepped up its campaign for an increase in the price of beef by blockading the Lidl distribution centre in Charleville, Co Cork this morning.

The row has been ongoing for months, with the price of beef at its lowest in years and with many farmers claiming they are struggling to survive and may be forced out of business without Government intervention. "There is no reason why we shouldn't be at the EU Export Benchmark Price", Mr Healy added.

The association is warning that unless they see a beef price increase further protests will follow. "There is too much buck-passing between processors and retailers in their rush to grab all the profits, leaving farmers in a loss-making situation", he said. "The only people who benefit from delays are meat barons who are pocketing the additional margin which independent analysis shows is in the market".

The Aldi facility in Naas was blockaded by farmers today in a protest over beef prices.

The IFA has accused retailers of "hiding behind factories" and failing to do what they can to address the prices paid to beef farmers.

Aldi state that they are "fully committed" to co-operating with the Beef Taskforce and say they have even met with one of the representative groups, the Beef Plan Movement (BPM), as recently as last week to further update our position.

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"Our work also includes a complete review of procedures and processes with our suppliers to ensure we are meeting all customer and market requirements".

"This is the first of many protests", he told RTÉ radio's Morning Ireland.

It says beef farmers are incurring losses of 6 million euro a week, while cattle prices are increasing in key European Union export markets and in the UK.

Farmers here are earning an average of 44c less per kilo, when compared to their counterparts across the border in Northern Ireland.

The meat company strongly condemned the IFA for its protest actions this week and described the blockades as "needless and irresponsible".

The Beef Task Force meeting held earlier in the week had left farmers feeling insulted. "The best we could get from them was that they would consult with their members".

"Joe Healy is also aware that cattle prices are quoted on a Friday and the timing of this stunt was motivated by competition for membership between traditional and new farm organisations". Yet this morning, instead of negotiating, farmers are protesting. "Have you no cattle to mind?"

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