Strawberry glut: Farmers urge shoppers to buy-up
IT’S peak strawberry season at the moment, with the fruit being sold for as low as $1 a punnet in some supermarkets.
Although this is great for consumers, it has been terrible for farmers.
Queensland strawberry growers are now struggling to survive what they say is the worst glut in the industry’s history.
Last week one of the state’s iconic strawberry farms shut its doors — and there’s concern more farms will follow.
Growers are calling for an inquiry into the role of the major supermarkets in driving down prices.
Despite being a win for consumers, it has forced supermarkets to reject more strawberries from farmers, meaning that thousands are going to waste.
Queensland Strawberry Growers Association president Luigi Coco said it was Australian’s short-term grocery shopping habits that was causing the problem.
“A lot of people tend to point the finger at the big two supermarkets when it comes to food wastage, it’s something we hear about all the time as farmers,” he said.
“However, it’s Australia’s short-term grocery shopping habits that are really hitting Aussie farmers where it hurts.”
Also in Australian Food News
- Court rejects ACCC casting Heinz as villain
- China rules rainbow trout can be sold as salmon
- Nestle seeks new maker for Lean Cuisine
Queensland Strawberries are calling on consumers to spend $10 on strawberries to help reduce wastage.
“For just 10 bucks per household, Australians can turn the tide on the war on waste,” Mr Coco said.
“You’ll be helping out our farmers, the environment and jump-starting change in the way the Australian produce market functions — and all the while, you and the family will be enjoying quality strawberries for months to come.”
He said consumers could freeze their strawberries to save them from going to waste or to make oven-dried strawberry chips.
Monash University has struck a historic agreement with the Nutrition and Health Research Institute (...
On Friday 28 October, 2016, Phillip Tracy, the chairman of Murray Goulburn (MG) announced at the com...
In a “world-first”, researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne and Lancaster University in the UK...
Bellamy’s Organic has requested an Australian Securities Exchange trading halt until the commencemen...
The Byron Bay Cookie Company is using the Rosella flower to create a unique flavour offering for its...
Frucor Suntory is launching a new variety of its V Energy drink called V Pure.
Scientists are warning that rice, one of the world's most important cereal crops and the primary foo...
WOOLWORTHS is signalling loud and clear its vegan and vegetarian credentials to the soaring no-or-le...