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Wet weather prompts national vege shortage

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/04/2017 Cassie Devoy

If you've noticed a lack of salad greens at your local supermarket, you're not alone: The recent wet weather has damaged green vegetable supply.

Spinach and other greens such as beans, broccoli, salads, silverbeet and lettuce are all in short supply, Foodstuff NZ's head of external relations, Antoinetter Laird, says.

"Customers may notice the retail price of these vegetables is higher than usual."

Foodstuffs, which owns Pak 'n Save and New World, says suppliers have had so much rain that entire fields were completely under water, and some crops can't survive that.

Countdown supermarkets have also suffered from the weather conditions, and says spinach is in pretty short supply.

"There are definite challenges at the moment across a variety of fruit and veges around the country due to the weather; overall there is less supply available as produce is obviously highly susceptible to weather conditions," a Countdown spokesperson said.

Both supermarket chains have recommended cabbage as an affordable alternative.

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