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I find all the supermarkets chains here so far generally the same and am underwhelmed by all of them. Not complaining about it, just how it is for me when out shopping. Yes I can buy many/all of the things I want or need and I am not one who is bemoaning the lack of UK food stuffs on sale over here either. It's Aus, you get a few imported popular things from the UK just like a few popular Aus things can be found on supermarket shelves in the UK (Milo, tim tams, Vegemite, Bundaberg drinks to name a few).
Should companies from overseas decide to branch out and come into the Aussie market, fair play to them and those that wish to try shopping there I reckon. I'm sure plenty of Aussie locals would venture in and shop to see how it was. And may be return customers. Aldi is a German chain. It branched into the UK and plenty of other countries. I'll still be doing plenty of 'buy Australian' shopping I am sure.
I used to buy Heinz tomato sauce until they shut down their Australian plant and moved production to New Zealand. Tried lots of Aussie tomato sauces, not great, then discovered Dick Smiths OzESauce - really nice - a bit more expensive but worth it (Beerenbergs are good too - especially the BBQ sauce with Coopers Ale!)
Backpacked round Australia 1992. Married Australian husband in Adelaide 1994. Lived in Adelaide 1994-1997. Moved back to UK & lived in Essex/Herts 1997-2009. Returned to Adelaide November 2009. 2 kids dual nationality.
I think most of us here bought extra Fern Gully products when the company was facing its demise, but really, we all need to support SA companies before they reach that point. Surely we all want a flourishing local economy where money, jobs and taxes stay here?
All that said, I don't think you have to do one or the other. I like going to new shops and I'm interested in seeing what Aldi is like. I don't imagine for a minute that will change my basic purchasing habits. I might try a couple of interesting new foreign products, but my shopping basket will still aim to be as full of SA and Australian products as possible.
One thing that really hacks me off is when you think you are supporting an Australian company when its actually owned by a foreign one - like Arnotts, Chiko, Vegemite, Golden Circle, Allen's.....and when I buy Coles or Woolies branded products, I make sure the contents are Australian..no Italian tomatoes for me lol!
When we lived in the UK, we bought UK products; now we live here, we buy Aussie. Simples!
"Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows." Alfred North Whitehead
I don't have a shop, i have a website that imports things....products that aren't otherwise available here.
Also I don't sell food, which is different to buying imported baked beans compered to Australian (as an example). It was pretty clear I was talking about food in my post.
I tried a few brands of yogurt (so did son), didn't like many of them and found one I love, an Aus brand, but its almost $3 for a small pot and over $7 for a large tub. I can't justify putting that in the shopping trolley as a regular thing so its an occasional treat to us. I've been making yogurt at home to keep costs down as my son eats his way through a litre in 2-3 days. And we tried a fair few brands for him when we got here and he wasn't having a bar of it, so going back to making it at home means he is happy as he likes it and I save money. Win win for us, the food company and shops are the ones losing out. I was doing this in the UK also so its not a new thing.
I support my local butcher and grocer but do also get these in the supermarket if I need to. I try to buy Aus fruit and veg and stopped buying some fruit once they swapped over to imported from overseas. I'll wait till they come back into season again here :)
Bread is a bit of a bug bear and the price of it isn't cheap. I've tried everything from the cheap and nasty (and it was really cheap and nasty and hubby and I both said we'd rather spend a few extra dollars than have to eat that stuff) to the more expensive brands. We've settled on a brand we like, its $5 a loaf in the supermarkets. If they have specials on it I bulk buy and more so if its then in the reduced bin at the end of the day for 99c! I've been known to somehow carry home 10 loaves to freeze lol. I buy from the bakers sometimes but that is even more expensive and given how much of the stuff we get through for lunches/breakfast, I can't spend $6 plus a loaf. As soon as we are in our own house (hopefully not long now) I am going to be making my own. I'll buy Aus flour to make the bread but that'll be it for bread from the shops pretty much.
I've made sure to shop for non day to day stuff at local business round here too. I bought my swimsuit from a locally owned shop over going to one of the big stores. Same for my bike. Could have ordered the bike for $50 less online from a big chain place and had it delivered but both hubby and I were happy to give them our business as they were really helpful and so on when we were looking. I take it back for services there aswell so they get repeat business from us.
I think for us, looking back over what I've written is that I try to be aware and buy Aus or local when I can but in some circumstances or simply for cost and/or a personal preference, we buy what we like over what is maybe local or Aus made. Which is how it was in the UK also. I did far more online shopping there than here now I think about it. So many small businesses here don't have much of an online presence that that has taken a nosedive. I used to love finding a small local company online and being able to order goods in the post. There isn't as much of that here. At least not when I've been looking for stuff. I guess I'll get better at it once I have more computer access when we move.
All this discussion about buying Australian will not matter a frozen fart once the big discounters arrive.
The majority will buy whatever the cheapest brand is.
I'm seeing this as I help out with an online sales company - "cheap and Chinese??? - yes please!"
Look at the UK....................if everyone had bought British would the country have lost a lot of it's industry and brands.
We try where we can but Aussie buying is hard - and some of the Iconic brands are owned internationally anyway!