Woolworths issues a four-week grocery warning that every Australian needs to know about as prices soar
- Cold and wet weather has impacted fruit and veg growing conditions and supply
- Woolworths lettuce, berries and beans stock said to return in July to late August
- Consumer Price Index figures revealed price of veggies rose 12.7% in one year
Woolworths has warned the price of lettuce is likely to stay at an all-time high with shoppers having to wait until late August for a reprieve to their grocery bill.
In an email sent to shoppers on Thursday, the supermarket giant said weather conditions along with disrupted planting schedules will keep lettuce in short supply.
The newsletter sent by Woolworths general manager of fruit and vegetables Paul Turner, did not mention the exact date the salad staple supply would improve but said customers can expect to see improved availability in four weeks.
Woolworths has warned poor growing conditions caused by heavy rain, cold weather and lack of sunshine has impacted the supply and price of fruit and vegetables (Pictured, Woolworths Crows Nest, Sydney)
‘Wet and cold weather has caused delayed planting and slower overall growth,’ Mr Turner said.
‘Woolworths expects its iceberg and spinach supply to recover around the end of July, while cos (lettuce) should improve towards the end of August.’
Mr Turner said heavy rain, cold weather and lack of sunshine has hampered the supermarket’s supply of fruit, vegetables and leafy greens.
Zucchini, capsicum, kale, silverbeet and leafy Asian vegetable supply is expected to improve in July along with strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.
The Woolworths update said green bean crops are in recovery but supply would remain low until late August.
The latest Consumer Price Index figures showed the cost of vegetables increased by 12.7 per cent since last year.
Shoppers across the east coast of Australia are forced to pay eye-watering prices for fresh fruit and vegetables. One supermarket charged shoppers $39.99 for a kilo of green beans (left) while another grocer had lettuce advertised for $11.99 per head (right)
It comes after images emerged of the insane prices Australian’s are forced to pay for fresh produce.
A Harris Farm Markets store charged its customers $39.99 a kilogram for green beans while at a suburban retailer customers had to pay a whopping $12 for a head of lettuce.
Earlier this month, KFC was forced to change its menu due to skyrocketing lettuce prices and ongoing supply shortages.
The fast food chain posted a notice to its website that warned customers a cabbage ‘blend’ would be used in any items that contained lettuce.
‘Due to the recent floods in NSW and Queensland we’re currently experiencing a lettuce shortage,’ the notice said.
‘So, we’re using a lettuce and cabbage blend on all products containing lettuce until further notice.’
Meanwhile, Western Australia has dodged the nation’s lettuce crisis as the majority of its fresh produce comes from within the state – keeping cost low and shelves full.
The state has not experienced the same growing impacts as its eastern seaboard counterparts, which has kept lettuce prices at an average of $3.50 per head.
KFC was forced to change its menu due to skyrocketing lettuce prices and ongoing supply shortages (pictured, KFC in Fairfield, Sydney)