Ba­nanas in short sup­ply

Whanganui Chronicle - - Nation -

One of New Zealand’s favourite fruits is run­ning short. Changes in in­ter­na­tional ship­ping have led to stocks of ba­nanas run­ning low at New Zealand super­mar­kets. “Ba­nana sup­plies are short right now due to un­fore­seen ship­ping is­sues . . . ” said An­toinette Laird, spokes­woman for Food­stuffs NZ, the group which in­cludes New World, Pak ’n Save and Four Square super­mar­kets. “. . . but the good news is we ex­pect sup­ply to be back to nor­mal by the end of the month.” A spokes­woman for Count­down super­mar­kets cited de­lays in the ar­rival of ba­nana ship­ments. “We im­port ba­nanas from Mex­ico and Ecuador and un­for­tu­nately there’s been a de­lay in our de­liv­ery due to a ship­ping route change which has put some pres­sure on the amount of ba­nanas we have. We’re cur­rently work­ing on sourc­ing some ad­di­tional ba­nanas, and apol­o­gise to our cus­tomers for any in­con­ve­nience.” On av­er­age, peo­ple in New Zealand each con­sume around two ba­nanas a week, ac­cord­ing to data col­lected by Statis­tics NZ.

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