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STRUGGLING families bat- tling higher fuel prices will now be slugged at the super- market checkout. Milk giant Dairy Farmers will lift the price on a range of its products by up to eight per cent starting next week because of soaring fuel costs. The average price of two litres of milk will jump by about 24 cents and one litre by 16 cents, while some of Dairy Farmers' cheese prod- ucts could rise by 32 cents. Directors of the Northern

Rivers dairy co-operative, Norco, were locked in a board meeting yesterday and were unable to comment on wheth- er they, too, would increase the cost of their products. Dairy Farmers, the maker of Lite White milk, Coon cheese and Ski yoghurt, said record high petrol prices were pushing up its costs. "As a result, Dairy Farm- ers has been forced to in- crease the price of products ? including fresh milk, cheese, yoghurt and juice ? by be-

tween four and eight per cent," chief executive Rob Gordon said. "The price rises ? which will vary from State to State ? will be introduced progres- sively, with those in NSW to take effect from October 3." He said Dairy Farmers could no longer absorb higher petrol prices through cost cuts and efficiency. n What do you think? Phone the Star Feedback line on 6624 3266 or email opin- ions@northernstar.com.au



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