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Old 02.06.2021, 21:00
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Designed does not mean 'made/produced' - and the info was there- if you looked carefully.
Thats the same in the UK. They are not lying by putting an Union Jack on something... it just implies that it is local, which it isnt. The info that the veggies came from Spain were there as well... no?

Few companies will actually break the law, it is all about perception and staying within it. The only one I know of who really did that was some honey importer who imported cheap honey from most likely Bulgaria and sold it on as "Swiss"; https://www.landbote.ch/region/falsc...story/23020703

Thats probably an exception.
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Old 02.06.2021, 21:38
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Recently in the UK we have had the ridiculous über Nationalism- with supermarkets putting 'British' on packaging and the British flag...
Really? Try and put things in perspective.

If Britain is suffering from "ridiculous über Nationalism" with a few flags and stickers (even if misplaced), then what the hell does that make Switzerland with flags on every other house or on huge flag poles in the garden and Swiss flags on most products?
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Re: Country of origin

I am not a fan either. The point is however, that in the UK this has happened post Brexit, and on products which are not produced in the UK. I'd say that makes a big difference.

https://www.farmersguide.co.uk/briti...rown-in-spain/

ridiculous and deceiving.
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Really? Try and put things in perspective.

If Britain is suffering from "ridiculous über Nationalism" with a few flags and stickers (even if misplaced), then what the hell does that make Switzerland with flags on every other house or on huge flag poles in the garden and Swiss flags on most products?
Indeed Swiss watches even write Swiss Made on them, no doubt JackieH thinks thats absurd!

Rolex would have been BRITISH made had Switzerland not been a tax haven, it's even a charity rather than a company so pays no taxes!
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I am not a fan either. The point is however, that in the UK this has happened post Brexit, and on products which are not produced in the UK. I'd say that makes a big difference.

https://www.farmersguide.co.uk/briti...rown-in-spain/

ridiculous and deceiving.
They said it was a mistake unlike the Swiss honey made in Bulgaria which was deliberate deception.

The 'Buy British' thing is an interest in the U.K. population to buy locally made, or locally grown produce. If that needs a flag on packaging to attract and inform customers then so be it (as is the case in Switzerland).

How come you feel that buying locally in Switzerland is a good thing but living in the U.K. and buying locally there in the same way is a bad thing?

I'm not in favour of loads of flag fluttering either (pirate flags are ok) but I am in favour of buying locally.
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Old 02.06.2021, 22:03
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Literally everywhere. I had a road bike with a Swiss flag on it which said "designed in Switzerland". Turn it upside down and there was a tiny lable "made in Taiwan".

Mr Federer's "ON" sport shoes make it very clear that their products consist of "Swiss engineering". That sounds better than "Made in Bangladesh" I guess...

On may be Swiss engineering but quality is no way Swiss. Cheap manufacture with a good deal of ba-boom marketing to buzz around the swiss branding and cover up for the high price I would say. The last ones I bought wore out in no time. Never again. I get much more performance, engineering and quality in my Nike or Adidas for the same or less price.
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I am not a fan either. The point is however, that in the UK this has happened post Brexit, and on products which are not produced in the UK. I'd say that makes a big difference.

https://www.farmersguide.co.uk/briti...rown-in-spain/

ridiculous and deceiving.
But your link actually says that the carrots were British and the attribution to Spain was simply a mistake. Vegetables being sold with an indication of British origin were around 20-25 years ago when I was a kid. It's definitely not a brexit thing.

Here I've noticed that there's often identical Swiss and non Swiss products sold side by side with a large price difference (particularly eggs - where there is an even more expensive regional product). I don't recall seeing that in the UK. If I recall rightly Swiss battery eggs are more expensive than Ausländer free range eggs! At migros 15x Ausländer free range eggs are 3.30. Don't think you can buy any Swiss battery eggs cheaper than that in any of the Swiss supermarkets...

Although I personally think it's all a bit of a nonsense (didn't care about buying british when I lived in the uk - don't care about buying Swiss here), I think the fact that people are willing to buy locally here reflects on Switzerland's sense of community - which is not so common in today's world. Of course you could see it from the other perspective (protectionist, nationalistic, whatever), Switzerlamd is very much a country that divides opinion, but I like it here.

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Haha! At least LeShop says where honey comes from, e.g. "Herkunft: Europa Abgepackt in der Schweiz". A pity they don't do the same for manufactured goods.





Can always try to find alternatives. Might not always succeed. E.g. most FP2 masks are made in China but there are also European manufacturers. See https://shop.aerzteverlag.de/hygiene...ade-in-eu.html (made in the Czech Republic, competitively priced) or https://www.brack.ch/lohmann-rausche...stueck-1193215 (made in Switzerland, rather more expensive). Most inflatable canoes are made in China but Gumotex is made in the Czech Republic. Those are just the first two products that came to mind. I happened to be in luck that there were sites that provided the country of manufacture; that is not always the case.
I know many people who are happy to buy local/European when possible. Good for them, I hope their numbers will grow. Consumers do have the power.
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Old 03.06.2021, 17:29
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Re: Country of origin

Yo just need to pop over the border and you can for example buy cheese called Emmentaler even though it is made in France, Germany, Holland or Denmark even.

And it doesn't even taste one bit like Emmentaler.

If you're going to call it Emmentaler, at least make it taste like Emmentaler please.

The stuff that is called Emmentaler over here is sold as Swiss Emmentaler there. An important difference.

I used to have an American colleague at work, and once we asked him what he missed most about not being in the US. He said, he misses Swiss cheese
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Yo just need to pop over the border and you can for example buy cheese called Emmentaler even though it is made in France, Germany, Holland or Denmark even.

And it doesn't even taste one bit like Emmentaler.

If you're going to call it Emmentaler, at least make it taste like Emmentaler please.

The stuff that is called Emmentaler over here is sold as Swiss Emmentaler there. An important difference.

I used to have an American colleague at work, and once we asked him what he missed most about not being in the US. He said, he misses Swiss cheese
One large N. American chain restaurant is “Swiss Chalet” which specialises in rotisserie Chicken. ... Another well known Swiss specialty, Not!
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I am not a fan either. The point is however, that in the UK this has happened post Brexit, and on products which are not produced in the UK. I'd say that makes a big difference.

https://www.farmersguide.co.uk/briti...rown-in-spain/

ridiculous and deceiving.
"Tesco has confirmed that a “small number” of its bags of British carrots, carrying the Red Tractor logo, were mistakenly labelled as having been grown in Spain."

You need to improve your reading comprehension.

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You never buy a hat?
I never have !
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But GOP states produce the best cowboy boots, hats, guns and ammo!
Hats, guns, ammo, aircraft engines, nuclear subs, helicopters, etc. mainly come from Connecticut, which is not even remotely GOP!

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One large N. American chain restaurant is “Swiss Chalet” which specialises in rotisserie Chicken. ... Another well known Swiss specialty, Not!
Don't be so hard on them, they're just a little behind. "Poulet im Chörbli" (rotisserie
chicken in a small woven basket) was quite the thing 40 years ago.

You can't expect every country to be as advanced as Switzerland.
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