Do you support your local butcher?

“I think the big companies are getting too greedy.”

"I think the big companies are getting too greedy."

This was the reaction from the Fraser Coast's Dorothy Douglas who won't shop at the big supermarkets anymore in a bid to do her part in keeping small businesses alive. 

It comes after news Australia has lost 50% of its independent retail butchers in the past 25 years as the rise of supermarkets continues to dominate the market place.

Where do you buy your meat?

This poll ended on 24 June 2016.

Current Results

I support my local butcher whenever I can

52%

I shop at Coles or Woolworths

29%

I don't eat meat

17%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Dorothy says she finds better deals at her local butcher.

"I keep a record of my dockets and I buy the same things and find there is a discrepancy of $30 or $40 and I am sick and tired of getting ripped off," Dorothy explained. 

"I think the big companies are getting too greedy," she said.

 

Supermarkets now control between 77-80% of the market leaving independents with 20-23% compared with 27-28% a decade ago.

The Australian Meat Industry Council says retail butcher shops have closed at a steady rate since about 1990 when there were 3000 across the country.

There are now 1500.

When we hit the streets to see where money is being spent, the majority of shoppers say they support their local butcher on the Fraser Coast.

Sarah Benjamin may be new to the Fraser Coast, but she is already on the hunt for a good local butcher.

"I am from Brisbane where we had a good local butcher so I am looking for one to support here," she said

Hannah Burton supports her local butcher at Urangan.

"There is a lovely chap who always has nice meat," she said.

Lynelle Gaston and her husband have raised their own cattle so she knows how tough it can be as a farmer.

Lynelle encourages everyone to support their local butcher. 

"Local butchers should be supported," she said.


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