Australian-Made? Find out where your favourite foods are really from

Consumer advocacy group Choice has revealed that some of Australia’s most-loved foods aren’t actually made at home, despite labels claiming
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Consumer advocacy group Choice has revealed that some of Australia’s most-loved foods aren’t actually made at home, despite labels claiming they are. Products sold at Woolworths, Coles and Aldi are reportedly the main offenders.

Choice has released a list of 32 products which appear to be Australian, but in fact involve foreign ingredients or labour. The list includes quintessentially Aussie foods, such as pavlova, meat pies and lamingtons.

A spokesperson for Choice said the Australian-Made logo “tells you next to nothing”. In fact, the Aussie label only refers to part of the ingredients, packaging or labour required. It doesn’t always mean you’ve got an entirely Australian product on hand.

Here are some of our best-loved Aussie foods, that aren’t everything they seem:

– Arnotts Tim Tams claim to be “made in Australia”, but include cocoa from Africa, oil from Malaysia and sugar from Thailand.

– Coles Anzac Biscuits are “made in Australia”, but include imported ingredients

– Coles Chocolate Surrender biscuits are “made in Australia”, but only certain ingredients are sourced locally

– Aldi Cake Stall Lamingtons are “made in Australia”, but only the sugar and flour is sourced locally

– Woolworths Homebrand Meat Pies claim to be “made in Australia”, but only contain a percentage of Australian ingredients

– Woolworths Pavlova Bases claim to be “made in Australia”, but a percentage of their ingredients are sourced overseas

– The full list is available HERE.

Are you shocked by this list? Is it difficult to shop for genuine Australian products? Do you prefer to buy locally?

  1. Although we should NEVER accept it, AUSTRALIANS are being lied to everyday by our manufacturers and even our own GOVERNMENT. Our labeling laws need a huge overhaul so the true meaning of Australian made and ingredients can not be manipulated to suit the manufacturers.

    • The problems spoken of here have been addressed by the Buy Australian Logo.
      Content is the percentages of the leading Four (4) Ingredients listed in ingredients and anything mentioned on the label.
      Owned, Made and Packed are also addressed ant percentile scores shown.
      Its an Australian Authenticity Logo.

  2. Our Government could not care about it. As for the Supermarkets, they only care about the Profits!

  3. I never even bother checking where products come from, if I want it I buy it, we export items overseas & expect other country’s to buy our goods so have no problem buying some imports.

    • Imagine if suddenly Australia could not export food products. So you’re right food products are global these days

    • Health standards in other countries do not match Australian standards – that and I prefer to support the Australian workforce is why I knock myself out to find Australian Made and am continually frustrated.

  4. Why is it that countries buying our goods expect the highest quality but stuff coming in to Aust is usually very poor quality & foods full of preservatives & our government does NOTHING ?????

  5. Our quality produce is being exported overseas in exchange for inferior products often from the countries getting our best. Go figure! Labelling laws here are a disgrace. Often very deceptive unless you have the time and the eyesight to read all the fine print, and how many of us do that at the supermarket? Not happy.

  6. Don’t buy supermarket prawns and basically don’t buy any of the items listed so not a problem.

  7. Don’t buy supermarket prawns and basically don’t buy any of the items listed so not a problem.

  8. I wish Dick Smith would open a supermarket that only sold Australian goods it would save me inspecting every single lable🇦🇺

    • Dick Smith uses Sanitarium factories to can and package his products. Sanitarium is owned by the Seventh Day Adventist which is an American based religion. So profits go back overseas.

    • Ruth Hourigan that is not correct sanitarium has been 100% Australian owned for over a hundred years and their profits go to helping charitable organisations. Please check the sanitarium web site. They employ hundreds of Australian people. They also have schools, hospitals and aged care facilities! And no I am not a seventh day Adventist

  9. I wish Dick Smith would open a supermarket that only sold Australian goods it would save me inspecting every single lable🇦🇺

    • Dick Smith uses Sanitarium factories to can and package his products. Sanitarium is owned by the Seventh Day Adventist which is an American based religion. So profits go back overseas.

    • Ruth Hourigan that is not correct sanitarium has been 100% Australian owned for over a hundred years and their profits go to helping charitable organisations. Please check the sanitarium web site. They employ hundreds of Australian people. They also have schools, hospitals and aged care facilities! And no I am not a seventh day Adventist

  10. Dick Smith does all he can – do you buy his goods????? His peanut butter is delish – we could ALL start right there and boycott ALL other peanut butter!!!!!
    LETS TRY IT
    In time maybe we could find another item to add to totally AUSTRALIAN MADE???
    IT REALLY CAN START HERE 🇳🇿🇳🇿🇳🇿🇳🇿🇳🇿🇳🇿

    • Dick Smith uses Sanitarium factories to can and package his products. Sanitarium is owned by the Seventh Day Adventist which is an American based religion. So profits go back overseas.

  11. Dick Smith does all he can – do you buy his goods????? His peanut butter is delish – we could ALL start right there and boycott ALL other peanut butter!!!!!
    LETS TRY IT
    In time maybe we could find another item to add to totally AUSTRALIAN MADE???
    IT REALLY CAN START HERE 🇳🇿🇳🇿🇳🇿🇳🇿🇳🇿🇳🇿

    • Dick Smith uses Sanitarium factories to can and package his products. Sanitarium is owned by the Seventh Day Adventist which is an American based religion. So profits go back overseas.

    • When Dick Smith first started his food products, I bought a jar of his peanut butter. It was dry, unspreadable, inedible, and horrible. I returned the jar, & got my money back. I then wrote to Dick Smith, a very polite letter, outlining my problems with this product. I also suggested that, if he wanted a truly Australian product, he needed to call it “peanut paste” (the traditional Aussie name), not “peanut butter” ( the traditional American name) A few weeks later, I received a reply from one of his minions, as Mr Smith apparently was unable to lift a pen The reply was extremely sarcastic and dismissive. I was informed that I was wrong, and, that, in fact I had no right whatsoever to expect to get a quality product I have never supported Dick Smith’s foods since, and never will.

      • Robyn. Koszyk  

        The hi Maureen .. in NSW it has ALWAYS been called peanut butter .. never heard it called peanut paste until I came to Qld.

  12. Only way to get Australia made an Australia grown is do it yourself these days . Don’t believe a label these days.

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