Onions missing from shelves in New Zealand due to tough growing season

Onions are one of New Zealand’s largest vegetable export earners. About 90% of the onions grown in New Zealand are exported. However, a tough growing season has led to a shortage of onions on supermarket shelves and in the hospitality industry. A Domino’s spokesperson said the pizza chain was experiencing challenges in the supply of red onion across the country, while a Hastings KFC had a sign on its door informing customers that, due to the red onion shortage, some burgers would be missing the ingredient.

James Kuperus, Onions NZ chief executive, said there was a tight supply of red onions as the supply moved from last harvest’s crop to new-season onions. “The new season harvest is under way now and the first of the red and brown onions will be distributed around the country next week.”

“Last season’s weather has contributed to the short supply. Pukekohe particularly, was extremely dry. This resulted in reduced yield and the onions didn’t store as well as they normally would.”

The shortage of onions had meant the price had risen up to 72 cents higher than this time last year, on average, according to Stats NZ.

Source: stuff.co.nz

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