Supermarket shortages could worsen as Australian growers brace for rain

A major supplier to Coles has warned that the supply of fresh fruit and vegetables could see more problems in the coming months as unseasonal downpours spread across large parts of the country. Fresh Select CEO John Said claimed there is ‘no doubt’ the company is concerned about the potential effects of the unseasonably wet weather forecast for most of Australia this winter. The company has been hit by two floods in Queensland and hail storms in Western Australia over the past six months alone.

Said’s warning comes after months of unreliable fruit and vegetable supply to Australia’s big supermarkets. The sector was disproportionately affected by the Omicron wave at the start of the year and has since had to deal with extremely cold weather and floods.


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