Bottled water price
Satish Nakched, Suva
For any lay person, it is quite difficult to comprehend and understand the high price of the bottled water product sold in the shops, which is almost the cost of the soft drinks.
There is a slight difference only and I believe that the raw water materials are all available locally and the manufacturing process relies very less on the importation thus eliminates any duty that is imposed on the import commodities. On the other hand the soft drink production is opposite to the water manufacturing and it heavily is dependent on the imports. The ingredients such as the syrup, sugar, sodium and carbohydrates to name a few all are sourced off shore and subject to the additional cost that will have to be absorbed into the selling price to make a profit.
This process is understandable, but the water production is all minus to the mentioned ingredients of the soft drink and the water product price off the shelve, I believe is unjustifiably inflated. The Ministry of Health has embarked on an awareness campaign to promote water consumption, but the high cost of the product might hinder the objective of the concept. The Consumer Council would probably like to further comment on the issue raised.