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Should we use Australian Made bottles?

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australianmade tasmanian olive oil evoo bottle

I’ve been looking at packaging for our olive oil and one decision is which bottles to use. There are lots of lovely bottles around but our options this year are pretty limited, as many are only available by the pallet and we’re looking at smaller volumes than this.

We’re keen to use other Australian products where we can, partly to support other Aussie industries, and partly to try and keep the overall food miles down. It’s been more difficult than I thought though, to find Australian packaging. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. I knew it would be more expensive, but I still expected to have the option. Glass manufacturing in Australia includes flat glass production, and container glass. The container glass market has shrunk considerably in the face of much cheaper imports from overseas in recent years, particularly China. As far as I can determine, there are no Australian manufacturers of olive oil bottles, but it is possible to get Australian-made wine bottles.

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The problem with wine bottles is that the neck size is ever so slightly different, and the regular easy pour, non-drip olive oil inserts don’t fit them. I’ve managed to find some Australian made claret-style wine bottles in a 375ml size, and I think I’ve also found some separate pourers to fit them (no luck with Australian made for these though). But they are more expensive.

So, my question is: Would you be prepared to pay about $1 more for a local product in local packaging? Or should we just get the cheapest available?

And if anyone happens to know of any other Australian, or even better Tasmanian, manufacturers of glass bottles or pourer spouts, then please let me know! FFx

Author: FarmerFi

I'm a British doctor who married an Aussie, moved to Tasmania, and bought an olive grove. Now making extra virgin olive oil and olive leaf tea. I'd love you to join my adventures in the beautiful setting of Southern Tasmania.

9 thoughts on “Should we use Australian Made bottles?

  1. Hmmm. That’s a tough call. The shop-local-keep-your-food-miles-down voice in my head says get local. But the business woman says get the less expensive bottles. How much does the olive oil cost? If it’s $20 a bottle, than $21 isn’t much more. I pay a lot for high quality food, so the extra dollar wouldn’t bother me. I’m also wondering if you can reuse the bottles. I have no idea if this is possible. I buy milk in glass bottles and pay a deposit of $1.50. When I return the bottles to the store, I get my deposit back.

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    • Thanks for this suggestion – I really like the idea of a bottle return. Would need to look into the cleaning side if we planned to resell the bottles. From a domestic viewpoint I’ve found it hard to get oil bottles clean because the oil leaves a residue, compared to say cleaning wine bottles. But there must be a way to do it, or we could upcycle them in other ways … maybe a bottle greenhouse?

      Tasmanian oil is more expensive than from some other regions. (The cool climate tends to result in lower yields, but the oils have very low acidity and high polyphenol and antioxidant levels which are associated with better nutritional and health benefits.) So from an overall price point of view, it’s not that big a percentage increase. But in business, I guess every cent counts!

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  2. Personally I would pay a dollar more for “Tasmanian oil in a tasmanian bottle”, but I think a general “Tasmanian oil in an Australian bottle” isn’t as much of a selling point. It’s better than cheap imported bottles but just doesn’t quite have that “totally local” feel that would make it worth the extra money to me personally.

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    • Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I agree that a Tassie bottle would be better, but I can’t find any! There are some Tasmanian manufacturers of flat glass I think, but not bottles. I don’t know if there were any in the past, I’d love to find out more.

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  3. No , in general Australians are all take no give and have no loyalty to anything but their own pocket , do Australians support local produce , no price is alwsys first priority , do Australian governments support local anything ? No look at the car industry , what about a tin container like the other Audtralian brands , I believe 60% of virgin olive oil is now local simply because it is real olive oil not contaminated with foreign non pure oil not because it is Australian , being Australian is sufficient to sell the product as consumers know about contaminated foreign oil .

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    • Hi Bruce, Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. You make some really good points! Totally agree that price is the most important parameter for many consumers, and that government support for small local businesses could be much better! The tin containers do look good, and would be lighter than glass too. It’s great to hear the message about Aussie oils being top quality is getting through too. Fiona

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