Demand for avocados drops as cafes shut down orders
Avocado growers are urging Australians not to ditch the smashed avocado on toast habit, as they face a massive shortfall due to the coronavirus shutdown.
Demand for avocados from restaurants and cafes dropped virtually overnight, with many forced to stop customers dining in or closing the doors entirely.
Retail giants Coles and Woolworths only stock premium-grade avocados, leaving the rest to pile up in processing facilities across the country.
"Retails only want the best of the best," Austchilli Manager David De Paoli said.
"The problem is our cold rooms are bursting with fruit that we can't get to the consumer."
Suppliers are left hoping demand in the domestic market picks up, before the shortfall falls back on growers.
"The last thing we want to do is tell them not to supply," De Paoli said.
"Don't let the industry die. Australia is in a good position. We have an abundance of everything, but we don't want to lose that security of food."
International freight costs have also hurt the industry, with some suppliers forced to pay much higher fees to ship product overseas.
Often labelled a 'luxury item', avocados have been low on the shopping list for customers stock-piling groceries.
But as a healthy option, Australians should be still be sticking to their Sunday brunch favourite at home.
"It's good in fats and oils," De Paoli said.
"Don't go down the dark road of buying rubbish. You've got to think of your health."
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