One of the ways the government supports Israeli industry is to tax an imported product if that same product is also produced locally. That seems like a good thing, no? As a Zionist, we all want to support Israeli industry, right?
However, sometimes this comes at a price – literally. When there are only a few Israeli manufacturers of a certain product it is relatively easy to fix prices – and not to the benefit of the consumer. This happened with bread and dairy products in recent years. Naftali Bennet stated that one of his aims to lower prices to the consumer is to lower import taxes which will force local prices to decrease.
Next on the chopping block- canned tuna. After years of fighting, Yair Lapid finally signed an act lowering the import tax on canned tuna gradually over the next few years. Manufacturers say flooding the market with cheap, low quality products will force them out of business because they can’t produce canned tuna at the same cost as manufacturers in countries such as China and Thailand.
So how low will the price go before you stop buying blue and white? Or are you Zionist at any price?
FYI there are five manufacturers of canned tuna in Israel:
Although it isn’t easy to get through a Hebrew cookbook, I really try because the recipes are more appropriate to Israeli ingredients and equipment.
If you have never been to their web site, it is worth a view. There are some interesting facts, such as:
A few important facts about light tuna (Skipjack):
Did you know that the Starkist products sold here are produced in Israel??
Rami Levy has joined up with Hadassah Hospital to offer a sale this month on healthy foods:
Wili Foods canola oil, 1 liter- 6.49 (code 7290010259977)
Starkist tuna, 99 calories- 3.99 (code 7290013847034)
Strauss Danona natural yogurt, 0%, 1.5%, 3%- 4 for 10 shekels (code 408316, 2824466, 4548288)
Yachin Crushed tomatoes, 800 grams- 2 for 10 shekels (code 208022, 27438)
Elite Turkish coffee, 200 grams- 2 for 19.89 (code 177694)
Kaliyat Gat walnuts, 150 grams-9.99 (code 6241191)
HaMutag garden peas or ful beans, 800 grams- 7.90 (code 8447911, 8447935)
Angel round rye bread-5.90 (code 8703911)
Perfecto whole wheat spaghetti- 4.99 (code 7290010685365)
Sugat quinoa, 500 grams-7.99 (code 7290010700273)
I am not 100% of the code numbers- it is very hard to read the picture (check it out here).
Sale expires 30.9.2011. the branches have the right to limit quantities.