Woolworths supermarket has provided an update for when the price of iceberg lettuce is expected to return to normal.
The retail giant has shared the new statement outlining the status of many popular fruit and vegetables which have been impacted by poor growing conditions in recent months (see full list of updates below).
With the price of iceberg lettuce peaking at $12 a head, Australian shoppers have been desperate for a reprieve on the popular salad buy.
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Now Woolworths has confirmed that it “expects its Iceberg and spinach supply to recover around the end of July”.
The price of cos lettuce, however, is not expected to come down until late August.
Woolworths General Manager of Fruit and Veg Paul Turner said the supermarket is working hard with its suppliers to improve availability.
“We know our customers choose Woolworths because we’re committed to providing great quality fresh food all year-round,” Mr Turner said.
“We’re continuing to keep our customers updated on the availability of key fruit and veg varieties that have been impacted by poor growing conditions.
“While challenges continue, our Iceberg lettuce and spinach growers are telling us customers can expect to see improved availability over the next month.
“Many growers are still experiencing the effects of heavy rain from earlier this year. This has pushed back the planting and harvesting of crops, with reduced availability continuing to be exacerbated by cooler temperatures and low levels of sunlight.”
He added: “As always, we thank our customers for their continued understanding as we work closely with our growers and do all we can to improve supply as quickly as possible.”
Woolworths has provided the following information on specific lines in reduced supply:
- Lettuce & spinach: Continue to be in very short supply. Wet and cold weather has caused delayed planting and slower overall growth. Woolworths expects its Iceberg and spinach supply to recover around the end of July, while Cos should improve towards the end of August.
- Green beans: Supply remains limited, however the crops are in recovery. Improved availability is expected in August.
- Zucchini, capsicum, kale, silverbeet and leafy Asian vegetables: These lines have been affected by cooler weather. Woolworths expects shelves will be better stocked next month for these vegetables.
- Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries: Availability and quality expected to improve around the end of July.
Woolworths said customers in Western Australia have more availability given the majority of fresh produce for the state comes from within, meaning the state has not experienced the same growing impacts as the eastern seaboard.