An article regarding Coles possibily making instore butchers redundant.
A nearby Coles ditched both the meat department and the deli months ago and only sells pre-packed items, and both the revamped Coles and the new Woolies in the Cairns Central Shopping Centre only sell pre-packed meat.
The meat department manager at another nearby Coles tried to tell me a few years ago that there is no such breed of cattle as Angus, and only cattle from some southern property named Angus are actually Angus beef.
The majority of items on display in the meat section in Coles are all pre-packed, and many are also cryovaced or otherwise sealed, including the mince, the sausages, the steaks, and even the “pretend meat products”
The only thing I see the meat department employees doing at Coles or Woolies is wheeling out heavy trolleys stacked with cartons of pre-packed products and placing the contents on the shelves.
It is a vast cry from our local Supa IGA where almost all of the meat department items are prepared and packaged instore and customers can request meat to order like the “olden days”.