Australia has run out of locally-grown corn due to a combination of droughts and COVID panic-buying. This has forced local processors to import Thai produce. Consumer demand for canned sweet corn increased 14 per cent in Australia in 2020.
One of the products involved is Edgell's corn, packaged at a factory in Bathurst, in Central West New South Wales. The brand is owned by Simplot Australia. "We aim to use homegrown produce in our products wherever possible," Simplot Australia said in a statement. "Of course, if a vegetable is not grown here, or there simply isn't enough to go around as a result of environmental conditions (drought, fire, floods, or the impacts of panic-buying as a result of a global pandemic), we might have to look further afield."
According to abc.net.au¸ the company is temporarily importing a small portion of corn from Thailand.
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