About 80% of Australian shoppers prefer to buy Australian made and owned goods but find it difficult to identify the extent to which a product is Australian due to poor, inaccurate or misleading labels which are not effectively regulated by food and consumer authorities such as the ACCC.
Supporting Australian made food is important for the development of Australia’s food industry to ensure consumers are aware how ‘Australian’ their food really is, to promote local jobs and keep profits on Australian soil. It also encourages Australian companies to continue to provide the best and freshest food. So next time you visit your local supermarket, look closely at the labels and ensure you buy foods that are wholly made, grown and owned in Australia.
You can be guaranteed that every product that is sold by The Garden Shed and Pantry is sourced from local suppliers (usually direct from the grower) or (if the product is not grown or made here in Australia such as some spices) we make an effort to source product that is grown in its native region.
After careful research and discussions with the growers, we are now able to provide to you organic sultanas and currants that are produced in the Sunraysia area (one of Australia’s premier fruit growing areas near Mildura, Victoria).
Please find below an excerpt from the local newspaper about the expansion of Murray River Organics (MRO).
YELTA-based organic food producer Murray River Organics will become Sunraysia’s third dried fruits processor in early April, after successfully bidding for the processing plant of former Warracknabeal processor Clyne Foods at auction last month.
Murray River Organics (MRO) sales manager Mark Sandiford said Australia was witnessing the closure of agricultural processing facilities and sell-offs to overseas corporations. Irymple-based Sunbeam and its Angas Park subsidiary were now majority-owned by China’s Bright foods Group, and with the demise of Clyne Foods, growers were fortunate that another Australian, family business had stepped in with a large investment to ensure Australian consumers could buy Australian-grown and processed fruit of the highest quality.
Mr Sandiford said more than 2000 tonnes of dried fruit – currants, sultanas, Summer Muscat, sunmuscat, and gordo blanco – would pass through the facility in the next 12 months.
“We are committed to organic farming and producing real fruit the traditional way, without chemicals, pesticides or growth hormones,” he said.
This article appeared in Saturday’s Sunraysia Daily 24/03/2012.
Read the full story here.
A popular dried fruit company here in Australia is Sunbeam Foods, which was established in 1926. Sunbeam acquired Angus Park Fruit company in 2004. The company was bought by Manassen Foods in 2007, which was bought by China’s Bright Food in 2011. So much of Australia is no longer owned by Australians.