Soaring cabbage prices threaten KFC, Oporto and Subway

Cucumbers, capsicums and broccoli trending as more vegetable prices go up

In Australia, staple vegetables are going through the roof, with favorites like cucumbers soaring to new heights at $15/kg and broccoli at $17/kg. Woolworths are selling cucumbers and capsicums individually online to disguise the price hike, while Harris Farm is charging up to $40/kg for organic red peppers. But even traditionally farmed broccoli is climbing high, selling on the Harris Farm Markets website for $17/kilo.

The broccoli superfood is selling at a lower price on Coles Online for $11.90/kg, but it's selling at a lower price on Coles Online for $11.90/kg, with green capsicums on special for $5.90/kg, red capsicums at $10.90 and cucumbers for $12.90/kg.

Meanwhile, reports that supermarket giants and wholesale food retailers have put the current prices and shortages of leafy greens down to a number of factors. The heavy rains in Queensland and New South Wales early in the year are responsible for spoiling Australia's domestic lettuce growing and harvesting, reducing the local supply of products. Trade and export flows also affect the domestic supply of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Soaring cabbage prices threaten KFC, Oporto, and Subway
Fast food outlets including KFC, Oporto, and Subway are now facing soaring cabbage prices after they were forced to substitute lettuce for the leafy green vegetable amid nationwide shortages. A cabbage shortage is now plaguing fast food outlets after they were forced to overhaul their menus due to the skyrocketing price of lettuce.

Major fast food outlets KFC, Oporto, and Subway, resorted to substituting lettuce for a leafy cabbage blend after prices reached $11.99 per head this week amid nationwide shortages.


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