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Sellers slash prices as industry pressures settle & produce comes out of Queensland

Price of fresh fruit and vegetables to plummet in parts of Australia

In recent months droughts, fires and floods have seen the cost of some fresh fruit and vegetables soar. That said, now is the right time to buy, with sellers slashing prices by more than half as pressures on the industry settle and produce comes out of Queensland.

"Prices we've never ever seen before," Shaun McInerney from Fresh Fella's at Sydney Markets told 9News. "We've never ever seen before. And unlikely to ever see again. Over the next few months, we'll be seeing a lot more produce hit the market."

Mr McInerney says winter staples like beans, broccoli, carrots, capsicums and tomatoes will be plentiful. "Five or six weeks ago the price of cauliflower would set you back around $12 a head. Now you're looking at around half that, and prices - well, they're continuing to ease."

For fruit, shoppers can expect to see the prices of oranges and mandarins come down in price, along with a small decrease in the cost of bananas. The supply of traditional winter fruits like apples, pears and citrus are all currently stable.

"If something's a little expensive, just look for options, there's always cheaper options," Mr McInerney advised. "You can really put together a decent feed of Australian grown vegetables at reasonable prices, you just need to think a little outside the box."


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