Bot­tled wa­ter price

Fiji Sun - - Comments -

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.

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