Shoppers outraged as price of iceberg lettuce soars to $12 in some NSW and Qld supermarkets due to shortage
Iceberg lettuce is pulled from Australian supermarket shelves as the staple salad soars to $12 each amid widespread shortages caused by a perfect storm of energy price hikes, transport costs, extreme weather events and the ongoing pandemic.
Shoppers in New South Wales and Queensland are being stung by shortages of fresh produce, with some grocery stores selling a single iceberg lettuce for the eye-watering price of $12.
The salad green staple has become one of the priciest items in the produce section as supplies of farm produce dwindle due to flooding and heavy rains in growing regions of the Sunshine State. .
A Queenslander took to Reddit to share her fury over the price of fresh produce at her local IGA, posting a photo of iceberg lettuces being sold at the Redcliffe store for a whopping $11.99.
The shopper also posted another photo of strawberries and blueberries selling for $14.99 and $19.49 respectively.
“It’s a fucking outrage, it is!” she wrote next to the images.
“I live in a place where only the elite can afford fresh fruit and veg, the worst part is I’m a fucking Aussie; we literally grow 99% of our fresh produce here.
SkyNews.com.au also discovered that Harris Farm was charging customers $11.49 per lettuce through its online site.
While many independent grocers have hiked the price of the popular lettuce, shoppers at Woolworths and Coles are struggling to get their hands on the leafy green.
“Many of our customers like to shop and eat seasonally and we think it’s important to be upfront about the availability of fresh food,” said Woolworths spokesman Paul Turner.
“We are still experiencing lettuce and berry supply issues, as the new crops have been planted it will take a few weeks for stocks to return to more stable levels. »
Coles said his main goal was to cut costs for the family store, but a perfect storm of factors is causing the high prices.
“We are aware that there are a number of factors driving inflation for all retailers, including rising raw material costs, rising energy prices, transportation costs, extreme weather events and the continued impacts of COVID,” a spokesperson said.
“We are supporting our suppliers in areas affected by the recent floods by visiting their sites to meet with growers and understand how it has impacted their individual operations, buying the product they have and continuing to work with them. as they recover from operations.”