It seems that the three-week New Zealand banana shortage will soon come to an end. The drama began at the end of October when a ship carrying bananas from Mexico, Ecuador and the Philippines had to change its route. The resulting supply disruption affected stores around the country.
"Customers will be happy to hear that we will be back to full banana capacity early next week," Foodstuffs head of external relations, Antoinette Laird said. "Our banana supply in stores right now is stable, with smaller shipments continuing to be delivered to stores across the country. Fortunately, our produce teams managed to make sure stores retained some stock during the shortage, so we successfully prevented customers getting bent out of shape. Banana sales are consistent with previous years.