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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    I buy fruit, veg, meat and eggs local. But everything else, I'm ashamed to say - I get the cheapest. I wish it didn't have to be like that, but right now we have one income to feed 6 people, and it is tight.

    I hate what is happening to Aussie manufacturing, there were talks simplot was going to go under, but they've just signed a 5 year deal with coles own brand, which means from now on - coles own brand will be Australian grown and packed too. Good news for those of us who need to buy the cheapest and feel crap about it.
    We had a simplot factory here in town- it's now been bought out by the Japanese and is called kagome. So- does simplot still exist or is it all kagome now?

    It's still local jobs, which is nice but no profit stays here which sucks.

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    Yeah, simplot exists. It is really struggling now though (we are in NSW)

    Quote Originally Posted by Nomsie View Post
    We had a simplot factory here in town- it's now been bought out by the Japanese and is called kagome. So- does simplot still exist or is it all kagome now?

    It's still local jobs, which is nice but no profit stays here which sucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomsie View Post
    We had a simplot factory here in town- it's now been bought out by the Japanese and is called kagome. So- does simplot still exist or is it all kagome now?

    It's still local jobs, which is nice but no profit stays here which sucks.
    Can I ask where u are?

    My dh did some work for simplot a few years back down near Launcrston and so to hear that they're in part selling out concerns him.

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    I do try and buy Australian for food whenever I can ... but it gets hard sometimes.

    Labelling is also an issue with me - made in Aus, or Aus Owned are not always quite true or what you expect.

    Meat, seafood and fruit and veg is always Aussie stuff from my local butcher/veg shop. Groceries, sometimes are not ... I do what I can but it has to taste right (so italian tomatoes, the french jam I like etc)

    I do find it so wrong that businesses like SPC are doing it so tough. I do think government support for primary industries and manufacturing in Australia is important, and should be offered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misho View Post
    Can I ask where u are?

    My dh did some work for simplot a few years back down near Launcrston and so to hear that they're in part selling out concerns him.
    Regional vic

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    Quote Originally Posted by KatiesMum View Post
    I do try and buy Australian for food whenever I can ... but it gets hard sometimes.

    Labelling is also an issue with me - made in Aus, or Aus Owned are not always quite true or what you expect.

    Meat, seafood and fruit and veg is always Aussie stuff from my local butcher/veg shop. Groceries, sometimes are not ... I do what I can but it has to taste right (so italian tomatoes, the french jam I like etc)

    I do find it so wrong that businesses like SPC are doing it so tough. I do think government support for primary industries and manufacturing in Australia is important, and should be offered.
    The thing that makes me mad about SPC is that it is now owned by coca cola. In the last 6 months they have made something like a 250 million dollar profit.

    Now they were asking state and fed gov each for $25 mil to upgrade the factory. If their profit margin is so huge, surely they can dip into their own pockets?

    Of course I do get angry thinking about our gov refusing to help manufactures in this country any more... But really, when your daddy is a millionaire it's a bit "rich" to ask for handouts, right?

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    I always buy aussie meat, seafood, fruit, veg and bakery items.
    I try my hardest to buy aussie on other grocery items too.
    Clothing is just too expensive... but I do try

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    Nope not necessarily. I buy whatever is cheap price but decent quality or most closely what I need...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomsie View Post
    The thing that makes me mad about SPC is that it is now owned by coca cola. In the last 6 months they have made something like a 250 million dollar profit.

    Now they were asking state and fed gov each for $25 mil to upgrade the factory. If their profit margin is so huge, surely they can dip into their own pockets?

    Of course I do get angry thinking about our gov refusing to help manufactures in this country any more... But really, when your daddy is a millionaire it's a bit "rich" to ask for handouts, right?
    Agree.

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    Yeah, SPC is a hard case, of course coca cola should step up. But they probably won't, and then all those regional Vic people will lose jobs. That is sad. And that is what happens with multinationals - it is all about the bottom line.

    I totally disagreed with what the Govt did regarding Holden, all car manufacturing countries have help from the government, and the amount Holden was asking was waaayyyy less than say Germany or the US. That is the price you have to pay to keep manufacturing alive when you are trying to compete against countries that have slave labour and no min wages. Not to mention that Holden brought 4 billion into the economy every year.

    I would be wanting to know exactly what the impact of not helping SPC our would be, the flow on, and how many other jobs will be lost - and if towns will go under etc. Maybe it isn't the right thing to ask for govt handouts - but what is the alternative? An Australia with no manufacturing at all? Even though we are really good at it? Even though heaps of people rely on it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nomsie View Post
    The thing that makes me mad about SPC is that it is now owned by coca cola. In the last 6 months they have made something like a 250 million dollar profit.

    Now they were asking state and fed gov each for $25 mil to upgrade the factory. If their profit margin is so huge, surely they can dip into their own pockets?

    Of course I do get angry thinking about our gov refusing to help manufactures in this country any more... But really, when your daddy is a millionaire it's a bit "rich" to ask for handouts, right?

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