Workers threaten to stop distributing all products if pay demands unmet.
Grocery chain was one of the primary targets of last summer's protests over the cost of living in Israel.
Markstone Capital is obligated to sell Steimatzky by 2015, and CEO Iris Barel would like to buy it and become chair.
Sales drop by 50% in most areas; clothing, appliances hardest hit.
Retail baron means to import the machines and sell them for just NIS 390 at most.
You don't have to fly to the United States to buy Israeli products at half price.
Consumers may be nursing rage against certain companies, but they often don't know which products they're not supposed to be buying.
'With the price Pampers demanded, I would have to have sold their diapers for over NIS 45 [a package] or even more than NIS 50,' says Rami Levi, after decision to remove Procter & Gamble's Pampers diapers from his supermarket chain.
Consumer advocacy organizations say they intend to submit their findings to the Antitrust Authority so that it can examine Israel's chocolate market and take steps to encourage competition.
The report was prepared in advance of a Knesset Economics Committee discussion on the high cost of living today, which was scheduled after consumers called for a boycott of Strauss because of its high prices.