The Polo that goes round in circles…

3 September 2010
They’re not exactly making a mint, but a pound shop in York has found it cheaper to import packs of Polos from Indonesia than to buy them from the Nestlé factory next door. As reported in York's The Press, Poundworld’s maverick sourcing policy has had local councillors chomping in disapproval. “This typifies the needless international transport of food,” tutted Andy D’Agorne, leader of the Green Party group of York Council. Poundworld retails multipacks of 8 rolls of Polos for £1, which works out at 0.7p per mint. A typical shop in York is selling the sweets in tubes of 20 for 49p – more than three times the price at 2.45p per mint. The retailer argues that, by importing sweets from a factory 7,300 miles away, it is providing good value for consumers. But what about the food miles and carbon footprint? Elsewhere, the makers of Ginsters pasties have reportedly been sending their wares on a 260-mile round trip to a warehouse near Bristol, before they are delivered to a supermarket next to the factory where they were made in Cornwall. Have purchasers encountered any other examples of illogical logistics?
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