Can you afford canned fruits?
It’s an argument that’s been making the rounds in Australia for years, with consumers frustrated with their supermarket prices.
The government says canned fruit can be sold for less than the cost of fresh fruit, but critics argue it’s a cheap and time-consuming way to get the fruits you want.
And now, the Federal Government is considering how it could be made cheaper by allowing supermarkets to stock fruit with less sugar, protein and fat.
The debate over canned fruit has raged since the Australian Government introduced the ‘Canned Fruit Nutrition’ (CNF) Scheme in 2016.
It allows retailers to buy fruit for the price of fresh, which the Government says will be more cost effective and sustainable.
But critics argue the scheme has had a negative impact on the price consumers pay for fruit, especially in areas with high fruit prices.
Can you afford it?
CNF scheme, the ABC’s Michelle Raffan, and Tom Latham discuss the debate about canned fruit article The CNF Scheme will allow supermarket chains to buy a portion of the fruit they sell as CNF from the producers.
Under the scheme, retailers will be able to sell the fruit in a number of categories.
For example, they will be allowed to sell canned fruit in ‘natural’ or ‘natural flavour’, or in ‘slim’ or ”healthy”.
And they can buy fresh fruit in the same category or as a low-cost canned fruit substitute.
But, if shoppers are looking for low-calorie fruit, they’ll have to wait for the next round of CNFs.
In 2020, the Australian Council for Food Safety (ACFS) found canned fruit was significantly less nutritious than fresh fruit.
“The majority of fruits in the supermarket supply chain are imported,” ACFS managing director Dr Jill Coughlan said.
“They’re not locally grown.
So, consumers are being served up canned fruit which is far less nutritious and more expensive than fresh.”
And, in terms of taste, the canned fruit competition has hit some consumers hard.
Melbourne-based consumer rights group Free Choice said canned fruit wasn’t a natural choice.
She said the competition in canned fruit had been particularly intense in Queensland.
The ABC’s Julia Davies talked to shoppers at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Consumer Fairness Unit about their thoughts on canned fruit.
How do you think canned fruit compares to fresh fruit?
I think canned is probably a bit better than fresh, and you might think that it’s cheaper, but I think it’s not a good idea, because it’s usually the same price.
You’re getting a lot of fruit for less money, but you’re paying for that fruit a lot more, and there’s a lot less of it.
Julia Davies, consumer rights advocate The supermarket giant Coles also has its own canned fruit scheme.
It allows supermarket chains like Coles to sell up to three cans of a product at $7.50 each, but Coles said its competitors were already competing to provide more choices.
How much is canned fruit worth?
You can get some canned fruit for around $6 a kilogram.
That’s about half the cost to buy fresh.
You can buy up to six cans of fruit at $8 a kilo.
And you can buy canned fruit from the same brand and same producer, but the difference is the amount of sugar in each can.
A spokeswoman for Coles told the ABC its competitor supermarkets were already offering more variety in their canned fruit and that consumers should be able use their own choices.
“Canned fruit has become an increasingly popular and important product to Australians,” she said.
Are there any rules or regulations around canned fruit that the Australian government should change?
The Federal Government hasn’t changed its CNF regulations to allow canned fruit to be sold at a cheaper price.
The CNRG has been criticised for not giving retailers the option to offer more variety.
There is, however, a new federal legislation to allow supermarkets to sell more canned fruit at a discount.
Australian Competition and Cyber Security Legislation Amendment (CcSCAM) states supermarkets will have to make changes to their pricing to comply with the new legislation.
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) is currently reviewing whether supermarkets can sell canned food at a higher price than fresh food.
Will the CNF Program be a good thing for the country?
The Australian Government is committed to reducing the cost and carbon footprint of food, and has pledged to phase out its CNTC scheme in 2020.
However, consumers in Queensland have complained the CNTB program isn’t working.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has been accused of making the CCTA a “cash grab”.
Queers Against CCTAB said the scheme was “too costly and wasteful”.