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Tesco, Unilever and the Marmite row

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Tesco, Unilever and the Marmite row

Tesco has stopped selling dozens of its most famous household brands to its online shoppers because of a dispute with its biggest supplier, Unilever.

Included are Marmite, PG Tips tea, Pot Noodles and Surf washing powder.

The row is said to have developed when Unilever - which says it faces higher costs because of the fall in sterling - attempted to increase wholesale prices.

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Here we go again, more doom and gloom about the Brexit vote.  So what if Tesco have removed a few brands from their shelves.  It's not as if the shelves are empty and we're all starving.  We knew that there would be change and that some sacrifice may be necessary, but in the long I think things will work out well for the UK.

It's also worth remembering that Unilever is a British-Dutch multinational with headquarters in the UK plus some of these products are actually made here.  This is just a small ripple in a big pond and yet it's being treated as if it were a Tsunami.  It will all be forgotten in a couple of weeks when the remain camp find something else to moan about.


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Overpriced

Overpriced

Marmite is grossly overpriced anyway, like all branded goods. It could be easily sold at profit to all concerned for half the price.
Overpriced
2nd Nov 16 06:11

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ahforfoulkessake

ahforfoulkessake

Hello
I am intrigued to know whether some of this price hike was not a payback for Tesco repeatedly stalling suppliers for their money?
In some cases up to two years for some payments which a smaller company could not afford to wait around with bills coming in.
I know that during the recession period Tesco hit some trouble and have had to scale back some of their plans to expand the number of stores and in my old hometown Dartford, Kent they sold the land back to the council after leaving it idle for several years due to not being able to get the building done. This land has sat idle for 11 years or more in total with no work done whatsoever. Smaller businesses that were there previously were compulsory purchased back then and couldn't afford to simply rent another unit nearby so were lost to us forever, throwing many people out of work for no purpose eventually.
Sorry this rant has gone off the original topic, with that regards maybe the suppliers were feeling that Tesco were giving them a poor deal and thought that Asda or Sainsburys would buy the stock that Tesco didn't if they had a better deal to be done
ahforfoulkessake
16th Oct 16 10:10

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Charmbrights

Charmbrights

The BBC article quoted is a perfect example of the BBC's reaction, having lost the referendum, of posting anything it can find which shows Brexit in a bad light, preferably backed up by a noble Lord elevated from his commercial background (he became the chairman of Northern Foods by way of marrying the former boss's daughter) by Tony Bliar, whose "rural tsar" he became. Naturally to preserve the BBC's obligatory "balance" and "impartiality" nobody involved in this news item is pro-Brexit.

I strongly suspect the truth is that this is backlash from the supermarket war where the market is over full of retailers and hence prices are depressed to uneconomic levels (vide milk prices - retail less than cost) and Unilever have had enough of subsidising Tesco versus Lidl et al.
Charmbrights
13th Oct 16 05:10

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