UFC que Choisir denounced Carrefour’s cheating! The brand sells a non-essential anti-inflation basket for consumers!
After denouncing the anti-inflation basket of Super U stores, UFC que Choisir denounced the cheating of Carrefour which would sell non-essential products for customers!
An anti-inflation basket that does a lot of good
After the rise in gas and electricity bills, it is food prices that continue to rise in all supermarkets like Carrefour. Inflation on these products goes abovemore than 14.5% in one year, according to INSEE. So the state set up the anti-inflation basket.
It is therefore a very good solution to help the French to cope with the rise in food prices. The Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, therefore explained that this project aims to offer customers “the lowest possible price”. This low-cost basket will end on June 15th. And it takes place in supermarkets like Lidl, Super U, and Carrefour.
Speaking of Carrefour, know that the firm offers products of first necessity at low prices. There are about 200 low priced items. Like washing powder, jam, vegetables. Baby diapers, hygiene products. And even cookies.
There are also 100 “healthy” products classified withand a Nutri-Score A and B. Carrefour offers products that cost an average of 2 euros. This is not a great first because Carrefour already offered a list of “essential products at fixed prices” last January.
So the firm therefore offers 139 “products at blocked prices” for 100 days. Yes, but now, Carrefour is in the sights of “UFC que Choisir”! The association accuses the brand of offering non-essential products for customers.
UFC que Choisir denounces Carrefour’s cheating
Yes but here it is, in the Carrefour anti-inflation basket, there are products that are not essential. Like a “plastic” coat hanger. Also a toaster. And a CO2 refill capsule. But that’s not all ! There are also four pairs of slippers, briefs and “pink veil” tights. Or a “compact” hair dryer and headphones.
This is not at all important in this period of crisis… UFC que Choisir is therefore very angry! And for good reason ! The association considers this as cheating because it would be a strategy to highlight the Carrefour brand.
In the list of 139 low-cost products from Carrefour, there is the Tex brand for textiles. Then Bluesky for small household appliances. But also Poss for electronics. Or Nalk and Rey for razors, straighteners etc.
UFC Que Choisir demonstrates that there are just 70 food products. On the other hand there is 30 hygiene-drugstore. Which is a lot! There are also 39 other products such as drugstores, textiles, office automation, household appliances. Either products that are not essential.
But Carrefour’s initiative is not illegal. Because the State offers Carrefour and its competitors the opportunity to implement before their own brands. Remember that Bruno Le Maire spoke of an opportunity to highlight distributor brands (MDD).
Alas, the anti-inflation basket is not unanimous. Olivier Andrault, in charge of the food mission within the consumer association then explains the “anti-inflation quarter deprives the customer of the ability to compare these products. So that means it could be a misleading advertisement for customers.”
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