Wed, 20 Feb 2013 7:42p.m.
The Food and Grocery Council is concerned about parallel food imports which aren't meeting New Zealand's strict labelling laws.
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22/02/2013 11:02:58 a.m.
Yep, coke is over priced. Years ago I read a book on advertising during the depression. Coke survived because it invested in advertising when others cut back, and they keep the price down to an affordable price, considering a depression was on. Coke is way to expensive now. About 3 years ago you could buy a can of coke for about $1 - $1.20, now its up to $2. The cans and bottles are now varied instead of the standard 333 sized can. The taste of our coke is different than a few years ago too. I recently brought some and thought it tasted powdery, like it was a cola product eg cola ice block type of favour. I also recently had a coke at an RSA, this coke was from a syrup and it tasted way better than what I had tasted from the bottle. As a result I have given up on buying coke and will opt for sprite instead as I find that to be just a fizzy lemonade which tastes okay when drinking with a sandwich or a pie. Also Amatail/coca cola have a policy regarding product in there fridges, so I am surprised the reps have not spotted the imported stuff and insisted on the product being removed, as this would cut into some profit line. Glenn you are so right, we are getting shunted by these big corporates who are deciding what we can and can't have, all in the name of profit.
21/02/2013 8:47:58 p.m.
so if i can buy parallel coke how come i cant buy parallel marmite? somethings not right here john.
21/02/2013 10:29:39 a.m.
I actually do agree there is a taste difference. I tried one of those vietnamese coca cola's and they are nowhere near as nice our coca cola.
21/02/2013 4:12:25 a.m.
poor babies! didn't like the container shape so doting mum threw it in the rubbish... then this other issue arose. sob sob...
20/02/2013 10:17:44 p.m.
Andrew Revfeim wrote:
After running your supermarket "rip off" articles last week I am very surprised that you ran this article without looking at the vested interests you were serving. The real question is why there is any economic need to parallel import and bulky and perishable item like coke? The answer is because Coke Amatil are ripping us off here in NZ (they have learnt how stupid we are from the supermarket actions).
Compare three "wealthy" overseas markets that I know. Supermarket price for canned coke: USA 36 cans for US$10. UK 12 cans GBP4. UAE 6 cans AED9. All well less than NZ$1 per can. NZ 30 cans = $30.
Is it costs structure? Is it tax? Or is it simply no consumer watch dog asking the hard questions and taking legal action against those who undertake predatory or monopolistic behaviour.
Don't with the super markets!
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