Monday 27 March 2023

Aldi Netherlands says Occupied Territory boycott info was ‘a mistake’

The Dutch branch of international supermarket group Aldi has withdrawn comments made in support of a boycott of goods made in the Occupied Territories.

Newspaper Trouw, which produced the initial news article, says an Aldi spokeswoman has since said ‘incorrect information’ was supplied. The withdrawal of the comments followed international commotion about the claims, Trouw stated.

Trouw says it made inquiries into Aldi’s policy following a report published by research group Profundo in April in which an Aldi staffer said the supermarket ‘no longer wanted to sell products from Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories’ and had ‘informed its suppliers’.

The supermarket group said on Friday this position remained unchanged but on Monday evening said a mistake had been made.

The German company is said to have been shocked by the international reactions to the boycott, particularly in the Israeli papers. The issue is also particularly sensitive in Germany.

The other two supermarkets which are avoiding products from the Israeli settlements – Jumbo and Hoogvliet – have not changed their positions, Trouw said.

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