Australians were outraged after discovering the cost of a children's pack of mandarins has been raised by almost 300 per cent at Coles. Some shoppers pointed out that mandarins are a winter fruit and are out of season in December, forcing supermarkets to hike the cost to $17 per kilo.
Coles Business Category Manager for Fruit, Daniel Corrigan, told Daily Mail Australia the cost of mandarins has been inflated due to limited availability.
The user who posed the original question said they had still never seen the cost soar to $17 in summer. “The price is really high, I mean, they are usually three bucks for this bag ... And why aren't oranges so much more expensive? I've never seen them this expensive, even out of season,” they wrote.
Someone else suggested shoppers head to local markets to buy mandarins for 'a third of the cost'.
Daniel Corrigan, the Coles Business Category Manager for Fruit, told Daily Mail Australia that the limited number of international flights due to coronavirus has impacted mandarin imports from the US.
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