McDonalds, small business and Tasmanian potatoes

McDonalds continues to receive a beating in the press about their decision to switch suppliers for some potatoes they source and that this switch will most likely lead to potatoes being sourced offshore.

The only pressure McDonalds will understand will be that applied at their cash register.

It’s the same with the McDonalds desire to sell milk and newspapers. Every sale drawn away from an independent retailer pushes that retailer closer to extinction and delivers to McDonalds more power and we’ll realise the mistake of this when it is too late.

Governments around the world ought to protect the remaining independent and small businesses. This protection could take the form of subsidies, operational assistance and tax breaks so that in economic terms these standard bearers of community and culture can survive and keep our countries as unique as they are.

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