Hm - and if so, why?
We ask the same. The response is that there is a worldwide demand for NZ cheese as it's so good. This drives up the price, and we pay world prices.
So even though we produce more milk products than almost any other country in the world we still pay through the nose when we come to buy it.
Doesn't seem fair somehow 🙁
Why would a farmer sell his/her milk to a factory that paid less for milk consumed on the local market?
I dunno. Because he's civic minded? or just a good bloke?
We're already importing meat from Australia because it's cheaper than the local stuff. How long before we see Coon cheese on the supermarket shelves.
Mrs Mac's pies are produced in Perth and sold here cheaper than locally produced pies.
I'm all for globalisation, but this is ridiculous.
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New York City area prices tend to be high by US standards. One possible benchmark for US is Sam's Club, a branch of Walmart. Mainland organic cheddar, aged up to 6 months, $8.98/lb., Wyke Farms Vintage Cheddar from Somerset, England, $7.48/lb. Cabot (domestic) about half as much.
While NZ grocery prices are obviously high, dairy and produce quality seem excellent. I think NZ apples are about as much here as there.
On the side, I wish shipping costs from NZ and Australia were a bit lower. It cost quite a lot to send a box from Dunedin that arrived Monday and another from Axiam Plastics in Whanganui that's waiting at the post office. Hard on small publishers and manufacturers wanting to export.Edited: 19 October 2017, 07:50
David, apples are a sore point ( with me anyway). I'm sure all our best apples are exported. Those which aren't of export quality, or which they couldn't find a market for, are held in cool stores and drip fed to the local market throughout the year.
They are dry or flavourless, or mushy or have brown heart, or any combination of these. I've given up eating apples as a result. We even get American apples sometimes. They look fabulous and taste like rubbish : probably because they also have been felt in cool storeage.
We used to get Australian naval oranges which were delicious. Now we have local oranges which have no flavour.
And don't get me started on Tomatoes.
US apples in the US tend to be fairly useless. When I lived in Portland, Oregon, local sources like the annual apple sale at a plant nursery were the way to get decent ones. Breeding has allegedly brought better varieties.
I live in a county with mango and citrus problems. We export top quality grapefruit to Japan. Supermarkets have junk. Fortunately local packing houses will provide good fruit and ship it (with their own shipping network) to fortunate friends and relatives. Mango trees as well as lychees and longans live around many houses. Fruit nurseries know and sell the best varieties. The climate is perfect, apart from occasional hurricanes and freezes. You need your own trees, friends, or people selling at farmers markets or from their backyards. My 'Mallika' mango tree has made friends of people who didn't realize mangos were yummy.
By the way, our citrus is being destroyed by two diseases, both case studies for the value of biosecurity.Edited: 19 October 2017, 09:02
"Because he is a good bloke?" Really Barry? Farming is a business like any other, and the first responsibility of any business is to make a profit, albeit ethically. The "at the gate" price for the farmer goes in cycles and they take the profit when they can.
I think the monopoly power of Fonterra is the cause of the high price as they need to get as much as they can to pay the CEO. :(
That was tongue in cheek Mike. I know market forces drive everything; not always to the advantage of the consumer ( or the producer)
Is the "Mainland" cheese sold in New York from NZ. I've had a look at prices in Countdiwn supermarkets and Mainland Cheese is selling for $10.00 per kg (2.2 lb). So if the quoted price was per lb it's quite a bit cheaper in NZ (less than $5 per lb)
Strangely the Homebrand and Valumetric blocks were $10.50 per kg. The cheapest was $7.50 per kg.
It pays to shop around. Barry's bay cheese is cheaper in our local New World than at the factory shop. I met a Federated farmer rep on the plane once and asked him why our lamb was cheaper in France than here. He said it was commonly used by the overseas super markets as a loss leader. He also suggested our duopoly of supermarkets helped neither the producer or consumer :(