Australia’s fruit and vegetable shortage will not end until September

Australian consumers will have to endure the current fruit and vegetable shortages for another six weeks before improvement can be seen, but supply will not return to normal until September.

Ash Salardini, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the National Federation of Farmers, said the supermarket shelves were emptied earlier this year due to extreme weather events in northern New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland. He said it can be traced back to.

“During the winter, we get most of the fruits and vegetables … in 4-6 weeks, the rest of Australia should bring some of those fruits and vegetables online,” he said. Said in the comments obtained by.

“In 4-6 weeks, availability issues should be significantly reduced.”

Nonetheless, Saraldini warned that supply chain disruptions could affect the availability of fruits and vegetables, even with higher yields.

of Its latest fruit and vegetable supply updateWoolworths, a supermarket chain, has warned customers that the continued supply of many products is limited.

Specifically, the company said the supply of zucchini, green beans, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, leeks, Asian leafy vegetables and berries will continue to be in short supply until July.

In addition, bad weather did not improve the availability of herbs until August.

Heavy rain affects fruit and vegetable growers

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People buy fruits and vegetables at Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, Australia on October 24, 2021. (AsankaRatnayake / Getty Images)

Woolworths, general manager of fruit and vegetable Paul Turner, said heavy rains from earlier this year are still hitting many producers.

“This boosts crop planting and harvesting, and the decline in availability continues to be exacerbated by lower temperatures and lower levels of sunlight,” he said.

At the same time, another supermarket chain, Coles, said the flood crisis in northern New South Wales and Queensland led to the current shortage of berries, lettuce, beans, tomatoes, broccoli and herbs, causing prices to skyrocket.

“Agricultural prices are subject to supply, but we will strive to lower customer prices as soon as the quantity recovers,” a spokeswoman for the company said.

In early June, a shortage of lettuce across Australia led to iceberg lettuce on supermarket shelves selling up to $ 12 each, and fast-food restaurant KFC began replacing vegetables with cabbage. ..

Currently, in southeastern Queensland, Coles sells two small lettuce for one price, as cold weather affects growth.

“These lettuce are not fully grown due to the extremely cold weather,” said a spokesman.

“This initiative will allow Rocky Valley growers to use some of the iceberg lettuce crops that have been affected by recent rains, increasing customer availability.”

The price stays high

Another major supermarket, ALDI, also has supply problems.

“We hope to continue to support local producers, improve production conditions, improve yields and support sustainable sustainable production,” said a spokesman for the company. I am.

Meanwhile, AusVeg spokesman Tyson Cattle said fruit and vegetable supplies could return to normal in the coming months, but prices would remain high.

“The production costs of all producers have risen significantly, so given the 35-40% increase in producer costs, we will not return to previous price levels,” said a comment obtained by AAP. I am saying.

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Alfred Bui is a Melbourne-based Australian reporter with a focus on local and business news. He is a former small business owner and holds two master’s degrees in business and business law. Contact him at [email protected]

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