hubby and I have become quite strict with reading labels on food products lately. Mostly for the ingredients (how much sugar, fat, salt etc etc etc) and to see where the products from. We buy Australian as much as we can and are dismayed to see the growing trend in Coles supermarkets. A lot of brands are being removed from the shelves, mostly to be replaced by Coles brand, which often is not Australian made or Australian produce. Why are we letting this happen? The other week, I needed a tin of pineapple. Coles had 3 different brands, Coles, Dole and another I can’t remember. Dole was the cheapest (who would name their brand ‘Dole’? Doesn’t work for me. Lol) so I put 2 tins in the trolley. Hubby did the usual label read……product of Thailand. 3 brands and not one was Aussie :/ The tins went straight back on the shelf and I went without pineapple!

Posted by mom81879, 19th September 2015

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  • yeah but we are doing this to ourselves! the supermarkets don’t label things with country of origin or they are misleading! we want cheaper things (fair enough) but the cheap stuff can ONLY be made overseas due to their country’s lax food regulation laws. I hope everyone bought aussie prawns for chrissie! the prawns that come from overseas farms, are grown in shocking conditions. The farm owners live on the banks of the ponds and their fecal matter goes straight through a hole in the floor, into the pond water that your prawns are grown in. These conditions would not be allowed over here! if people knew the truth about their food, they would be shocked! a good doco is called FOOD INC and it is about the american food system. That is a shock doc for sure


  • This is so frustrating. I find IGA and FarmerJacks better for Australian grown and processed foods


  • reading labels of food products


  • I’d say because its cheaper for them and helps them gain more profit. It is not right though.


  • That’s pretty bad they didn’t have an Australian brand. We have a woolies closest to us so I’m going to look out how many aussie brands They have for items. IGA often have local produce in the shelves but overall are harder to do ‘big’ shops at as they have less.


  • Google the foods you purchase and find the Oz ones/brands – it may help you when shopping?


  • it is so frustrating! It makes me mad!

    • It can be frustrating at times when navigating the supermarket.


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