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Cheap imports create unfair playing field: Kagome

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Kagome Australia, the country's last major tomato processors, has thrown its weight behind a Productivity Commission review into processed fruit imports, arguing Australian brands can't compete in today's marketplace.

According to ABC, CEO of Kagome Australia, John Brady, said cheap imports are making it difficult for Australian food manufacturers to stay afloat.

"Some of my clients don't exist any more, how is that for an indication, such as Rosella, they are closed.

"I've seen a concentration in my customer base because they've been unable to compete on a level playing field," he said.

The company, which makes canned tomato products and pastes, is supporting the recently announced Productivity Commission review into safeguards against imported processed fruits and tomatoes.

The Commission is to report its findings to the government within the next three months.

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