Small operators fear retail giants

Bridgewater Greengrocer owner Silvana Codr knows most of the farmers behind the fresh produce she puts on her shelves.

Bridgewater Greengrocer owner Silvana Codr fears a new campaign by supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths to cut fruit and vegetable prices will threaten the future of small businesses such as hers.

The tomatoes, she points out, come from a grower in Murray Bridge, the eggs from a Macclesfield farm and the milk from Lobethal based Tweedvale.
What she can’t source direct from local growers she buys in daily from the Adelaide Produce Market, the State’s biggest wholesale supplier of fresh produce.
It is those points of difference that she hopes will help her survive the latest price war between supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths.
For Ms Codr, whose family-run shop is next door to the town’s Coles supermarket, the cost-cutting is a little too close for comfort.

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