Aussie farmers look for alternative ways to handle carrot glut
A Queensland carrot farm is inviting the public to come pick their own carrots as a unique way to deal with an Australian-wide oversupply in carrots.
Kalfresh, located in Kalbar near Brisbane, are running a special event on 7 October 2017 called CARROT(astrophe) Day where the public can come and pick their own carrots to help prevent them from going to waste.
Rob Hinrichsen, Director of Kalfresh, said after 25 years in the vegetable business he has never seen such a large oversupply of carrots.
“It seems there’s been a perfect storm of events which have led to an absolutely flooded Australian carrot market,” Hinrichsen said.
Blaming a number factors, Hinrichsen attributed the carrot glut to optimal Australian growing conditions, big crop yields and a Russian ban on European imports which are flooding the world market with carrots.
“Our regular customers continue to support us but there are only so many carrots they can take,” Hinrichsen said.
Despite supplying charities with free carrots and providing Woolworths with value-added pre-cut carrots, Hinrichsen said there is still leftover carrots.
“Even with all of these initiatives, we are still having to plough in carrots, something no farmer wants to do. And that’s where the idea for the Carrot Day came from – let’s turn a negative into a positive,” he said.
The CARROT(astrophe) Day will also provide the public a chance to meet the farmers and buy other carrot products like carrot cake, carrot bread and carrot sausages.
Those wishing to attend the day need to purchase tickets via the Kalfresh website. Tickets are AUD $5.00 for adults and AUD $2.50 for children.
Australian consumer advocacy group CHOICE has today named and shamed a number of baby snacks marketi...
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has today released its Plain English Allergen Labelling...
The introduction to Australia of self-service checkouts in 2008 promised faster checkout.
The A2 Milk Company has acquired an 8.2 per cent share in New Zealand dairy processing company, Synl...
Pepsi Co’s Smith’s is brining two old chip flavours back for a limited-time only.
Woolworths Australia has enhanced its supplier portal thanks to a new partnership with Solutions for...
Nestle has committed to removing all cage eggs from its supply chain, including in Australia.
Australian food exporters have the chance to seize market share as China and the United States incre...