The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission instituted proceedings today in the Federal Court against Coles claiming the supermarket engaged in false, misleading and deceptive conduct over bread which was partially baked and frozen off site, transported to Coles stores and ‘finished’ in-store.
The products were then promoted as ‘Baked Today, Sold Today’ and/or ‘Freshly Baked In-Store’ at Coles stores with in-house bakeries.
ACCC chairman Rod Sims said, “We believe consumers are likely to have been misled by Coles that the entire baking process, including preparation, occurred in-store, when in fact the bakery products were prepared and partially baked off site, frozen, transported and then ‘finished’ in store. Indeed, the Cuisine Royale products were partially baked overseas.”
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