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New Zealand stores struggle to provide lemons

At the moment, some New Zealand stores are entirely devoid of lemons. Prices are high at supermarkets and grocers that have the citrus fruit. The problem lies in the fact that import difficulties are making it much harder to stack the shelves.

The shortage is nationwide, and Countdown’s produce manager Grant Robinson said he’d prefer to see a few more on the shelves at the moment: “We have a small supply of locally grown lemons in our stores throughout the country and we’re working closely with our suppliers to make sure we can return to regular stock levels as soon as possible.”

Lemons have become another product being held up by strained supply chains, exacerbated by Covid-19. James Williams, a Citrus NZ board member and Gisborne-based grower, said at this time of year the bulk of New Zealand’s supply would generally come from the US, and that January always saw low domestic production.


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