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Count­down su­per­mar­kets are warn­ing cus­tomers of lim­ited ba­nana stocks over the next two weeks. New Zealand is in the midst of a na­tion­wide ba­nana short­age af­ter a ba­nana boat broke down off the coast of Ecuador. Signs put up around Count­down stores in Auck­land told cus­tomers each store was lim­ited to 10 boxes of fair-trade organic loose ba­nanas a day un­til the next ship­ment was due to ar­rive. An­toinette Laird, a spokes­woman for Food­stuffs, which owns New­World and Pak ‘n Save, said it was un­af­fected by the ba­nana boat de­lay. Ba­nana sup­plies were also short in March 2014. Ba­nanas were the na­tion’s favourite fruit that year, with New Zealan­ders spend­ing $143 mil­lion on them, $37m more than ap­ples.

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