Canadian dairy producers battle processors over milk jug size

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A farmer versus bottler showdown is being held north of the border in the Canadian justice system. The case is determining if what the customer wants is right for everyone else, or if the province's milk marketing board is allowed to put dairy farmer interests ahead of consumers.

Dairy Farmers of Ontario are resisting a move by the processors, the Ontario Dairy Council, to allow 3-liter milk jugs on store shelves. The farmers fear that the smaller 3-liter jugs would replace the current standard 4-liter volume, reported the Toronto Star

Processors argue that a pilot program at one convenience store was unfair, allowed by the farmers’ marketing board last December, and that all stores should be able to sell 3-liter jugs if they choose. The quasi-judicial Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal will now hear the case and make a ruling.

Source: Toronto Star


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Winnipeg  |  July, 29, 2014 at 04:16 AM

The wheat board monopoly is gone but there was no financial benefit to consumers, but get rid of the milk board monopoly, allow dairy imports, and prices would drop 20-30% because the dairy board monopoly artificially keeps dairy prices high to ensure Canada's inefficient dairy farmers can survive. Google the dairy price difference between where you live and the closest US city you will be shocked. If Canadian dairy farmers cannot compete in a global market like the rest of the world which they can't because of Dairy Farmers Of Canada encouraging small inefficient dairy farms then eventually they will disappear. The current system benefits the farmer only and the consumer ends up paying more than they should to subsidize the farmers paycheck. Bring on the dairy imports and the Canadian Dairy industry will learn to survive and prosper on their own instead of being a financial burden on consumers. I was in the dairy industry for years and the Canadian dairy farmer produces a great product but why do WE the consumer have to suffer artificially high prices , let the dairy industry compete in a world market become competitive lower prices and move on.

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