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IFA protesters block Aldi distribution centre in Naas

Christian Fernsby |
The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) is staging a protest over beef prices outside an Aldi distribution centre in Naas, Co Kildare.

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Topics: IFA    PROTESTERS    ALDI   

The protest began at 7am and is expected to last for 12 hours. Farmers are blocking the entrance and exit at the site.

The facility is one of Aldi’s two national distribution centres the other is in Mitchelstown, Co Cork and delivers produce to stores in several counties.

The IFA, the largest farming organisation in the country, said it is “demanding a significant and immediate beef price increase to bring the Irish beef price at least in line with the Bord Bia European Export Benchmark Price Index”.

The group has accused retailers such as Aldi of driving down food prices, with farmers being the ones who lose out.

IFA President Joe Healy said farmers are sick of “being short-changed” by meat factories and retailers.

“The supply chain is delivering mega profits for factories and retailers at the expense of farmers. We can have all the reviews we like, but farmers need a price increase now,” he said in a statement issued this morning."

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