Consumers urged to buy locally to support bushfire recovery

Friday, 10 January, 2020

Consumers urged to buy locally to support bushfire recovery

As bushfires devastate communities in South Australia, Food South Australia CEO Catherine Sayer says consumers want to support local brands affected by the fires, but are unsure of which products to buy. Food South Australia, an industry association for food and beverage manufacturers, processors and producers in South Australia, is receiving enquiries from consumers about showing support for businesses in the fire-affected areas.

“The Food South Australia website has an extensive directory of South Australian products, so it is an easy reference to know you are supporting local businesses. The I Choose SA logo, which identifies local brands, and programs such as Eat Local SA, which help consumers find restaurants, pubs, cafes and retailers who go out of their way to support local producers, are also great ways to find local South Australian products, and help producers by helping the venues who buy from them too,” said Sayer.

By continuing to buy South Australian products at the supermarket, consumers can support jobs and businesses in regions affected by the fires.

“We know from talking to many of our members that they are very aware of the goodwill and best wishes of consumers, and it means a great deal to them as they tackle their recovery. We are also doing all we can to keep industry informed of impacts and sources of advice as these become available,” said Sayer.

Consumers looking to support South Australian businesses are reminded that businesses in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island are still battling hotspots and struggling to get back on track. In response, Food South Australia is liaising with the food and beverage industry and government agencies to connect affected businesses with support and advice, and has established a webpage where offers of assistance and requests for help can be located.

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