Tuesday , May 11 2021

Banana's shortage is hitting the country after the delays of shipping



Taranaki did not countdown bananas on Tuesday night. Similar views are seen in supermarkets throughout the country.

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Taranaki did not countdown bananas on Tuesday night. Similar views are seen in supermarkets throughout the country.

Supermarkets across the country run low on bananas, with some shelves completely empty, due to ship delays.

A ship carrying free bananas, imported from Mexico, Ecuador and Philipina, said to change its route, says Countdown spokeswoman.

"There is a national issue but the supply varies from store to store," said spokesman.

Foods, which own the New World and Rescue Pack, also suffer from the shortage of shipping issues.

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"Banana supplies are currently scarce due to unexpected shipping issues, but the good news is that we expect the supply to be back to practice by the end of the month," Antoinette Laird, Head of Connections Outside, NZ Foods.

Signs have been installed in supermarkets to make customers aware of the shortage.

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Signs have been installed in supermarkets to make customers aware of the shortage.

The Countdown branch shop manager at the The Valley Mega Center in New Plymouth, Stuart Urbahn, said his store usually ran out of bananas by 3pm due to the shortage.

"There are some bananas but there are not enough to serve all the Countdowns. Nine times out of ten we run out by about 3pm.

"We're giving just a little at a time."

Changing the shipping vessels has caused delays in banana supplies.

Michael Bradley

Changing the shipping vessels has caused delays in banana supplies.

Bananas are the item selling one number at Countdown supermarkets but the shortage would not raise prices, although they have gradually increased in recent weeks, Urbahn said.

"Normally, bananas are one of the things we sell in the supermarket every week.

"The only time banana is beaten is at Christmas when strawberries become one number."

Urbahn said he was expecting bananas to be in the store next week to a week and a half.

As a production manager for New World New Plymouth, Pakasit Hobin said they had been experiencing the shortage for a few weeks and although he could not put a timetable on when the fruit would be back on shelves he hoped to see them back in the shop "hopefully by later next week".

Banana is the One Countdown item selling item, except during Christmas when the strawberry sale takes the place and place.

ANDY JACKSON / STUFF

Banana is the One Countdown item selling item, except during Christmas when the strawberry sale takes the place and place.

Hobin said when he reached bananas in New Zealand who would have to go through an examination, and it could be two or three days before they were released into supermarket shelves.

A similar banana shortage occurred in 2016 when a boat that bananas banished down the coast of Ecuador – almost a year before that, in 2015, the same situation occurred.

In 2014, bad weather in the Philippines affected banana growing conditions, which also caused shortage.


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