THE consumer watchdog will investigate bakery chain Brumby’s after the company distributed an internal newsletter advising franchisees to “let the carbon tax take the blame” for price rises.
Brumby’s managing director Deane Priest advised store managers in her June newsletter to “take an opportunity to make some (price) moves in June and July”.
“Let the carbon tax take the blame, after all your costs will be going up due to it,” she said.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said it would make inquiries on price advice.
“The ACCC would be concerned if any franchisor encouraged or induced its franchisees to make misleading price claims about the impact of the carbon price,” a spokesman said.