NZ temperatures continuing to rise

What are the sweltering Kiwis buying right now?

With January already gearing up to be the hottest month in New Zealand since 1908, Kiwis everywhere are doing what they can to stay cool. Supermarket chain Countdown has analysed their summer sales.

And naturally, New Zealanders are reaching for bottled water to quench their thirst and stay hydrated. So far, Countdown has already sold more than seven million litres of water, that is the equivalent of drinking approximately three Olympic sized swimming pools. Other summer essentials flying off the shelves include fans, sunblock, insecticides, ice, beer, watermelons and ice cream. Watermelon sales are significantly higher than last year and nectarines increased with more than 20 percent. Bagged salads sales have increased more than 15 percent this summer. And this summer, Countdown has already sold more than 108 tonnes of coleslaw; the equivalent to the weight of 54 caravans.

Scott Davidson, Countdown’s General Manager Merchandise told "Last year, we didn’t have a very hot summer. So this year, we are making the most of the hot nights. We have seen big increases in BBQ meats, salads and we just can’t get enough of sausages wrapped in bread and covered in tomato sauce. Watermelon, rockmelon, pineapple, and honeydew are all big sellers over summer, as well as stone fruit, sweet corn, asparagus, and lettuce."

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