A hipster’s nightmare as avocado prices surge

Avocado prices surge when supply fails demand from Wagga


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PRICE PAIN: Owner of the local Trail Street Coffee Shop Lachlan Robinson says the trends in avocado pricing are noticeable. Picture: Annie Lewis

PRICE PAIN: Owner of the local Trail Street Coffee Shop Lachlan Robinson says the trends in avocado pricing are noticeable. Picture: Annie Lewis

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With an intense love for avocados, suppliers struggle to keep with the demand from Australia.

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IT’S enough to make a millennial cry.

Prices are soaring as demand for avocados has outweighed supply over the last month, causing a national shortage.

In one of Wagga’s big supermarket chains Hass avocados are being sold for $4 each, and in capital cities prices have risen to almost $8 each. 

SUPPLY AND DEMAND: The high price of avocados has Wagga's cafe owners wondering how to absorb the extra cost.

SUPPLY AND DEMAND: The high price of avocados has Wagga's cafe owners wondering how to absorb the extra cost.

Lachlan Robinson, owner of the Trail Street Coffee Shop, has noticed the increase in pricing of avocados, a popular item on their menu. Mr Robinson said said that a trend was noticeable with pricing of avocados around this time of year. 

Covering the increased price by increasing the cost on their menu items isn’t an option for the cafe as “there’s only a certain amount people will pay for it”.

JUST OUT OF REACH: Demand continues to just outweigh supply. Image: Avocados Australia

JUST OUT OF REACH: Demand continues to just outweigh supply. Image: Avocados Australia

Demand for avocados is constantly growing. Avocados  Australia estimates consumption in 2016/17 as just over 3.5kg per person.

There is hope for avocado lovers yet, with North Queensland avocado produce starting to be picked and Avocados Australia predicting the bulk will hit our supermarkets from mid-February, providing some price relief.

The story A hipster’s nightmare as avocado prices surge first appeared on The Daily Advertiser (Suzuka2).

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