Thousands Call For Major Supermarkets To Have Dedicated 'Australian Made' Aisle
Tens of thousands of people are calling for an 'Australian Made' aisle to be brought to major Aussie supermarkets.
As we come out of the coronavirus pandemic, and also in the wake of the bushfire tragedy at the start of the year, citizens Down Under want there to be more support for products made inside the country.
While plenty of these products are readily available, it's been suggested that a dedicated aisle would be helpful for shoppers looking to give their custom to local businesses.
An online petition has gathered more than 32,000 signatures, calling on Woolworths, IGA and Coles to get cracking on the idea.
James Bennett, who started the petition, said: "We have websites that assist us [in] finding Australian Made but having a dedicated area in the major chains, would make it even easier and more productive for shoppers looking to support local companies providing Australian made products.
"Imagine having an area or aisle dedicated to Australian made products, this would help support Australian business, jobs, and save us shoppers a lot of time.
"It's time to start paying a few dollars extra and supporting local business, which in turn supports us.
"Lets all get around this idea and push for the major chains to help local business making Australian made products."
An overwhelming majority of people who responded to a YouGov survey said they want more products made in Australia.
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Nearly 90 percent of people reckon Australia needs to be less reliant on imported products from places like China. A further 68 percent of respondents said they would be actively looking for products that have the Australian Made logo attached to it.
Another question asked whether people supported infrastructure projects using Australian products, even if it meant the project would be more expensive - 86 percent of people agreed.
The questions were posed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic to see how Australians view the new world around them.
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Australian Made Campaign chief executive Ben Lazzaro said there has been a 300 percent increase in traffic to his website from people wanting to know as much information as possible about locally made products.
He says in addition to that, there has been a five-fold jump in the number of applications for products to be labelled Australian Made.
People should be on the lookout for different wordings when it comes to Aussie-branded things.
Australian Made means the product is substantially transformed in Australia but the cost of manufacturing in Australia isn't considered.
If something says it's a Product of Australia, it means that the product has all, or nearly all, of the manufacturing or processing carried out in Australia, and that all of the product's significant ingredients come from Australia.
Australian Grown means that each significant ingredient has been grown in Australia and all (or virtually all) of the production processes have occurred in Australia.
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