John Key says that New Zealanders are paying perfectly reasonable prices for milk. Sub text: so everyone, especially the opposition, should stop complaining because hey, it’s all okay here and we’re on the verge of something special or whatever.
In Countdown supermarkets this morning, housebrand milk was available for $3.99 for two litres, or $1.995/litre.
In Sainsbury’s in the UK this morning, housebrand milk was available for £1.50 for two litres, or £0.75/litre. At present, that’s about $NZ 1.62 per litre.
In Coles in Australia this morning, housebrand milk was available for $AUD 2.00 for two litres, or $AUD 1 for a litre, which at present is about $NZ 1.07/litre.
Yes, there are all sorts of pricing wars going on, and in Australia some supermarkets are using milk as a loss leader to draw people in. The point remains: in a country which is a prolific producer of dairy products, it is more expensive to buy milk than in is in other comparable countries.