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(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The government, dairy manufacturers and retailers are formulating a deal on
cottage cheese, according to various media reports, under which the price of the
popular product will be lowered for one year in exchange for the government not
reimposing price controls.
Industry, Trade and Labor director-general
Sharon Kedmi met with representatives of the dairy farmers, companies and
retailers late Sunday. At the meeting, the ministry agreed not to reimpose price
controls on cottage cheese, if the dairy companies and supermarkets cut the
price of cottage cheese for one year, Globes reported, without naming a
The cut is believed to be NIS 1-2 per tub.
price of cottage cheese was NIS 8 per tub before the beginning two weeks ago of
a massive consumer boycott campaign, which prompted the intervention of
government officials and temporarily brought down the price of the
Both the ministry and the Manufacturers Association – who
represented the dairy companies at the talks – remained silent Monday on what
was discussed at the meeting. However, Manufacturers Association President
Shraga Brosh told Globes that while “no specific price cut is being discussed,”
the intention of all sides “is for the price to be lowered and for all the
parties to give something.”
The parties are set to meet again next week,
with the aim of reaching a deal by the end of that week.