After reading the letter in this week’s Adviser from Neil Grummitt, re: the closure of the Heinz factory in Girgarre and his comment on local tomato-growing, it prompted me to write the following.
The other day I went to my local supermarket to purchase a tin of tomatoes. As I usually do, when purchasing goods in the supermarket, I checked to find an Australian product. After checking all cans available, not one stated that they were a “Product of Australia”! The majority were “made in Australia” (including Ardmona brand!) or made from local and/or imported goods. How can tomatoes be “made” in Australia? Perhaps they were referring to the steel cans in which they were contained (joke), but, then, that is another issue – are the cans made in Australia or are they imported too?
What I found most appalling was that the supposedly local SPC brand was a “Product of USA”! Why, when SPC is situated in the Goulburn Valley, which is one of the major tomato-producing regions of Australia, do they import tomatoes from the USA? And, do they import them raw and then process them, or are they pre-canned before being sent to Australia? Whatever their method, I find this disgusting. But then, as SPC is now owned by Coca Cola Amatil, situated in Atlanta, Georgia in the US, I presume, in their monetary interest, their preference is to use USA-produced products.
Whatever the reason, I am disgusted by this. But then, I don’t have an alternative, do I, if none of the Australian-packaged canned tomatoes are a “Product of Australia”?
Another example is the proposed import of New Zealand apples. Typically these days, everything is about making money, not supporting local producers. I believe Australian farmers are doomed.
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