A win for Aussie tomato growers, but is it a win for consumers? 267



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SPC Ardmona has won a David-Goliath battle against Italian tomato importers, meaning there’ll be more Aussie product on our shelves, but is it truly a win for consumers?

Some might argue that yes, it is a win because we’ll be helping out our Australian farmers and buying local, while others believe that the well-priced Italian tomatoes should stay on our shelves.

However one thing consumers might not know is that Italian imported tomatoes are being sold in Australia below the price they are sold in their country of origin – this is called dumping, and it’s illegal.

SPC Ardmona has successfully won a David and Goliath battle against the Italian importers after the Anti-Dumping Commission were found guilty of the practise.

Australian manufacturer SPC Ardmona has been fighting against the Italian importers’ dumping since 2013.

In a previous case, ABC reports 103 of the 105 Italian tomato exporters were found to be dumping product in Australia.

Feger and La Doria, who had escaped action until now, account for at least 40 per cent of the Italian tinned tomatoes exported to Australia. The Anti-Dumping Commission has now ruled that these exporters too have been dumping product in Australia.

SPC Ardmona managing director Reg Weine said the process had “been a David and Goliath battle”.

“The other side have had a bunch of highly paid lawyers and solicitors working on their behalf, and we’ve had one individual staff member”.

SPC will now be able to compete with Italian produce, however prices are expected to go up of the Italian imported tomatoes we are used to buying for around $1.


So we want to know this morning: Do you prefer Aussie made or do you prefer whatever’s cheapest?


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  1. We should be paying LESS for our own and growing everything in our own country not having imports and paying large prices for our own.

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    • But the cost of production in Australia is higher so they cost more. Can’t have it both ways.

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      • Sandy, your comment fails to be logical for the reason that the product is sold for Less in Australia than in the country of origin.
        One of the main reasons that our economy is in the trouble it’s in is because of the short sighted practices of consumers. Buying on price without understanding the flow on effects through the economy is why our local industries and employment are under increasing pressure.

    • I don’t want it both ways, I just want it one way our way. Produce more of our own and that will keep the price down. When we have SO MUCH COUNTRY we need to grow and produce our own, NOT IMPORT, it is ridiculous. Our products are so much better than imports and we should have them here for us and at a reasonable price.

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  2. I buy only Aussie tomato because they are ethical and safe. Most Italian tomato are picked and processed by migrant itinerant workers who are paid as little as 50c a day and worse conditions than the textile factory workers the world was up in arms about a couple of years ago. The Italian tomato that are not picked by migrant slaves are imported to Italy from China and could be coated in herbicides and formaldehyde, and/or irrigated with untreated human waste. I’ll stick with Aussie tomato thanks.

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  3. I would rather buy Australian, but yes I am sometimes influenced by price if the Australian product is much dearer. I do get annoyed that the source of fruit, vegetables, fish and meat is not always clearly displayed.

  4. We should always buy Australian
    What would we do if all our Australian Farmers and food producers were no longer there -Pay them the dole
    Then the Importers can charge as much as they want

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