Even more outrageous was the price tag on lettuce at one Foodworks store in Bundaberg, Queensland - a shocking $10 each.
Another shopper reported paying $6 for a piece of broccoli ‘smaller than the palm of my hand’ at Coles in South West Rocks, NSW. Said the customer: ‘I couldn’t believe it!’
Other customers have flooded social media with similar complaints.
Said one Aldi shopper: ‘Since when is an iceberg lettuce $7?? Last week it was $4 at the most they are deliberately putting prices up.’ Added another: ‘I paid $6.98 a kilo for chicken breasts skin on on Tuesday, yesterday they had gone up to $15.98 kilo.’
Said a third: ‘Cauliflower 10 dollars at Woolworths.’
Added one more: ‘My local fruit shop had broccoli but it was $15 a kilo and I can’t afford that.’
A Woolworths spokesperson told News that they’re experiencing enormous demand.
‘This elevated demand has impacted the availability of a few vegetable lines that are typically in shorter supply at this time of year across the whole market,’ the spokesperson said.
‘We’re working closely with our fresh food suppliers to manage the impact of this increased demand, alongside the broader environmental impact of drought and unseasonal weather in different parts of the country.’
A Coles spokesperson also told News: ‘Coles has seen wholesale price increases on some fresh produce lines due to factors including limited availability as a result of bushfires and drought,’ they said.
‘Coles has absorbed some of these increases so we can continue to provide great value for our customers.’