According to an Associated Press news story, global supermarket chain Carrefour will stop selling PepsiCo products in it stores in France, Belgium, Spain and Italy over price increases for popular items like Lay’s potato chips, Quaker Oats, Lipton tea and its namesake soda.
The French grocery chain said it pulled PepsiCo products from shelves in France on Thursday and added small signs in stores that say, “We no longer sell this brand due to unacceptable price increases.”
The ban also will extend to Belgium, Spain and Italy, but Carrefour, which has 12,225 stores in more than 30 countries, didn’t say when it would take effect in those three countries. Carrefour Italia’s press office said information will be posted for customers in their stores in Italy in the next days.
PepsiCo said in a statement that it has “been in discussion with Carrefour for many months and we will continue to engage in good faith in order to try to ensure that our products are available.” The company has raised prices by double-digit percentages for seven straight quarters, most recently hiking by 11% in the July-to-September period.
Source: Associated Press (AP). Full story here
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Photo: A ‘shrinkflation’ sign at a Carrefour supermarket near Paris in September advising customers that bags of Lay’s chips had gotten lighter but more expensive. Credit Sarah Meyssonnier/Reuters