Queensland fruit and vegetable growers are warning there would be reduced quality and increased prices over the next fortnight as weather events are decimating crops. Australia's larger fruit and vegetable growers have been recording major losses after widespread rain across the state and smaller growers are feeling the pinch too.
Jerry Prendergast from United Fresh said the knock-on effects of that meant some foods are off the menu for this season. "It really has knocked product, like beans, courgettes, the melons out of Queensland, we normally expect to get strawberries at this time of year out of there too and it's been almost impossible," he said. "A little bit of strawberries are coming out of Western Australia but of course, Western Australia is now is servicing the rest of Australia, hence it is very difficult to get hold of strawberries for the rest of New Zealand.