Did the Game of Mates kill Kaufland?

Via the AFR:

Suppliers have alleged a formal or informal agreement between leading fresh food companies, including fruit and vegetable suppliers, to withhold supply from Kaufland was one of the factors contributing to its shock decision on Wednesday to withdraw from Australia before opening its first store.

“It’s Masters all over again,” said one supplier, referring to the decision of major hardware brands to not supply Woolworths’ failed home improvement chain for fear of being kicked out of market leader Bunnings.

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