24 March 2000
Sainsbury’s target of dairy protests
FARMERS have brought two Sainsburys distribution depots to a standstill in protest at low farmgate prices for milk.
More than 300 dairy farmers descended on the supermarkets centre at Basingstoke, Hampshire, and a similar demonstration caused chaos at the main depot in East Kilbride, near Glasgow, reports The Times.
At Basingstoke eight heavy goods vehicles were forced to wait outside as farmers formed a human barrier, and blocked the gates with Land Rovers.
Protestors are demanding a meeting with Sainsburys.
Farmers have been holding blockades and spilling milk to highlight prices they receive which are the lowest in real terms for 30 years.
While farmgate prices have slumped supermarket prices have remained steady.
- The Times 24/03/2000 page 4