Australian supermarket price hike: $40 for green beans shocks the internet
As the cost of fresh produce continues to rise, the price of a very common vegetable has sparked outrage and confusion.
The latest example of the insane cost of Australian produce has been revealed, with photos suggesting a supermarket is trying to sell green beans at $39.99 a kilo.
Amid growing concern over rising produce prices, Reddit user thegoosedrawsnear, shared the photo alongside the caption, “I see your $6 cucumber and I’m raising you green beans.”
The sign advertising Green Beans, which may also be known as Round Beans, for $39.99/kg appears to be from a Harris Farm Markets store, which is a medium-sized grocery chain that operates in Nova Scotia. South Wales and Queensland.
In response to the post, many users thought the price must have been a typo.
“Big oof, it was $5 per kg during the simpler times. Time to regurgitate my food so I can eat it again and save on expenses,” one comment read.
Another said, “$40/kg for green beans! I bought pork belly today for $19 a kilo. I bought fresh salmon for $28/kg. WTF. Frozen green beans would cost around $5/kg. Ridiculous.”
The original poster also added that they saw someone buying the beans at the advertised price. Despite this, Harris Farms offers the product online for a reduced cost of $29.98/kg. News.com.au has contacted the grocery chain for further comment.
In comparison, Coles Online seems to offer the vegetable for $10.90/kg. Although currently out of stock, the beans will also cost you the same amount at Woolworths.
“I was actually behind someone at the register buying them while complaining about the price,” they wrote.
The much-maligned iceberg lettuce has also seen a price increase of 300% in recent months. While many joked that it wasn’t the lettuce varietal offered, photos emerged of the item selling for up to $11.99 a head.
Rising prices have even prompted fast food establishments such as KFC, Subway, Red Rooster and Oporto to introduce a mixture of lettuce and cabbage for their burgers and other products.
Another Reddit user also shared a sign advertising $5.99 cucumbers, baffling people at the high price.
One commenter said, “99% water…expensive.
“I don’t pay $6 for a cucumber just to ignore it in the fridge until it goes liquid,” said another.
Although the war in Ukraine and the ongoing supply chain problems caused by Covid have affected the price of things like oil and mineral resources, recent unprecedented rains and floods in Australia may be largely responsible for the rising product costs.
Devastating floods and unprecedented rains earlier this year in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Stanthorpe wiped out entire crops.
“The reason the prices are so expensive is that there is not a lot of stock. Farmers who should be harvesting 100 to 200 pallets a day are maybe at 10 pallets,” said Catherine Velisha, Managing Director of Velisha Farms, to 9News.
Officially, the consumer price index indicates that the cost of fruits and vegetables increased by 6.7% between the quarters of March 2021 and 2022, with headline inflation increasing from 2.1% to 5.1%.
Meat and seafood costs have also risen 6.2% over the past year, with breads and cereals, dairy and milk products, and food products seeing a price increase of 3. 4.1 and 4.2%.