Australia is now officially in an El Nino weather event, which will probably mean a hot, dry summer and a greater threat of bushfires. However, there might be a silver lining when it comes to what it means for fresh produce.
Matt Palise of Red Rich Fruits, based in Sydney: "We don't need to worry. The weather is not going to affect fruit and vegetable prices. It's actually a good thing."
While there were concerns a warmer winter would mean mangos would be in short supply in coming weeks, Matt assured there would be plenty in stock by the time December comes around: "Farmers have done a good job of water-proofing their farms and the peaches will be sweeter, the mangos will be delicious and the vegetables will grow really well.”
Palise said not only would quantity be in good supply, quality would be excellent and prices would remain reasonable with both fruit and vegetables.