The candy industry is struggling to cope with an epidemic of slime lickers, with the Australian government introducing new legislation that could make it legal to make licker bars in 2017.
The Government’s legislation was first introduced by Labor in 2017 but was never passed.
But now, a federal parliamentary committee is considering a proposal that could bring the ban to the Territory in the first year of the new year.
Melbourne-based slime licking candy manufacturer The Jelly Factory is also looking at making slime licks in the Territory.
Its CEO Michael Gannon says he believes the Territory has the potential to become a booming export market for Australian snacks.
“The Territory has some of the lowest rates of turnover in Australia and a very strong retailing industry,” Mr Gannon said.
He said the Territory was a “natural market” for Australian snack makers.
Mr Gannon believes the legislation would encourage overseas manufacturers to open stores in the territory, creating more opportunities for local businesses to export.
While there is a strong local market for the jelly industry, Mr Gaser believes there are also opportunities for Australian producers to export their products to the United States.
Australian Jelly Factory founder Michael Gannan says Australia needs a nationwide slime licer ban.
‘We have to look at everything’It is not just a question of the amount of slime that is being produced in Australia, but also the quality of the slime and the quality and quantity of the food, which is the main factor, he said.
“The Australian consumer will be buying more Australian snacks when the slime lippers are being phased out.”
Australian manufacturers have long relied on imports of food-grade slime for their products, but with the number of slime makers shrinking and demand for Australian products skyrocketing, Australia needs to make sure it is protecting its food supply.
“There are some big issues in the marketplace at the moment.
There are more consumers demanding Australian snacks and snacks that are high in protein, fibre and nutrients than ever before,” Mr Lacey said.
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