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The public has made a fuss because of the lack of choices in Qatar’s supermarkets-Doha News

After the Qatari people noticed the “disappearance” of some imported cheese products, there is a discussion online about the apparent monopoly practices in the local food industry.

Qatar Twitter users are using social media platforms to encourage consumers to maintain brand diversity in the face of concerns about what is called “exclusive” practices by local dairy producers, giving consumers specific Qatar. I made them buy a branded product.

The call was made under the hashtag #Save_Cheese_From_Monopoly, and the local community flooded the Twitter feed with images of packs and Baladna cream cheese, expressing concern about the latter’s dominance on supermarket shelves. Hashtags have become a trend within a few hours.

“A year and a half ago I noticed that white cheese, feta cheese, and packs of white cheese were gone and I was silent. But even if I withdrew everything to satisfy other companies, we remained silent. No, “said one Twitter user.

Another said, “Consumers choose their favorite products and tell consumers. [purchase] Certain brands are strange. “

Ironically, it is that choice that many people in Qatar are willing to boycott some of these cream cheese brands. Public call to stop buying French products With the rise of Islamophobia and racism in France, it has received widespread support from members of the community.

Others said they were unaware of the situation until the hashtag epidemic in Qatar and friends filed similar complaints.

“I swear I didn’t know the cheese situation until my friend complained in a group chat. With cheese, the problem is simple. The [real] The problem is to force people to commit to a particular thing [brand] For the benefit of others, “said one Twitter user.

Aside from cheese tastes, many have pointed out the importance of having a strong food market in the country.

“We want to see the competitiveness and creativity among farms and other food producers. [in their production]It’s not limited to specific companies such as Dandy, Gadia, Al Maha, Al Wajiba, etc. “, another user commented.

People have also expressed concern about the potential disappearance of a wide range of dairy products such as chocolate milk.

“After the pack cheese disappears in a mysterious situation, the disappearance of KDD chocolate milk in a series of arbitrary disappearances in the corporate world is expected,” one tweeted.

In the meantime, others take the situation in a brighter tone and tell people “Take a selfie with the brand” Before they disappear completely from the local supermarket.

People joked that they were ready to “travel” to neighboring countries such as Saudi Arabia to stock up on “disappearing” products.

“I take a vacation and take a PCR test [to] I’ll drive to Saudi Arabia and buy craft cheese and kelly cheese that are valid for a year, “said another user.

Baradna, a major local dairy brand, has become more popular in recent years, especially as neighboring Gulf countries have imposed illegal air, land and sea blockades on Qatar, especially after the 2017 blockade. It was the center of the discussion.

read more: GCC Crisis: Where does Qatar stand with the former blockade quartet?

Sudden action disrupted Qatar’s food security — at the time the country relied on more imports 80% Of that food demand.

In Twitter discussions, some pointed out a “contradictory” view as national brands were widely praised during times of crisis.

“But why did you admire domestic products such as Baradna and Alwajiba during the blockade and decide to make statues of both companies, but now you oppose them and want Saudi and Danish products?” Said another user. ..

With the rise of nationalism and rebellion during the blockade, local support for businesses has increased.

This was reflected earlier this year Doha News An opinion poll was conducted immediately after the blockade was lifted. “Approximately 83% of participants prefer Qatar products and only 17% return to purchase imports from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt.

State-owned enterprises such as Baladna, Dandy, Al Wajbah, Hassad Foods [the government’s wealth fund subsidiary] It was a witty symbol of the country facing adversity, going to airlift cattle to meet demand.

To support the domestic economy, the Qatari government has created a system to protect domestic products. National Product Competitiveness Support Department At the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

The government has also created a law, especially Law No. 2 of 2019. It emphasizes support for competitive domestic products and measures to combat harmful practices in international trade.

Article 10 of this law states, “The Minister’s Council shall take steps deemed necessary to support the competitiveness of domestic products, based on the Minister’s proposal and the recommendations of the Commission for Supporting the Competitiveness of Domestic Products. Can be done. “Of products imported from non-member countries [World Trade Organization]Includes charging to the extent necessary to achieve this goal. “

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