According to today’s Irish Times, those bowsies at Tesco have rearranged some of their stores to give less shelf space to Irish brands. No big surprises there, we’re all aware of Tesco’s plans to cut costs by using fewer Irish suppliers. However, you may be surprised to find out how much it’s already impacting on your favourite brands:
Supplies of one of the country’s leading brands, Barry’s tea, ran out in the Douglas stores two hours after the new planogram was adopted, according to trade sources. The store is located just 10 minutes’ drive from the family tea firm’s headquarters in Cork.
It is understood the company initially refused to restock the Douglas store with tea, in protest at the reduced visibility of its product, but relented.
It seems that Tesco is so powerful that protests by suppliers are hopeless: a depressing thought. However, will you continue to shop at Tesco if you can’t get your Barry’s tea?