Farmers struggle to cope with the demand for rice and pasta amid panic purchases from the corona virus
Aussie farmers have run out of pasta to sell, and panic purchases have depleted rice supplies that were already low due to drought
- During panic purchases, supermarkets were left without pasta, rice, minced meat and other goods
- Due to the shortage, pasta and rice producers have run into difficulties to meet rising demand
- Australian pasta company San Remo said availability will vary from store to store
- The spike in demand has also affected SunRice, which has already been depleted by drought
Australia suffers from a shortage of rice and pasta after panic buyers completely exhausted their supplies.
Farmers are running out of durum wheat, the crop used to produce pasta, saying they need the rest to plant a winter crop.
According to the AFR, a combination of drought and panic purchases has also made the supply of rice worryingly low.
Australia used to be self-sufficient in rice production, but a devastating drought and rising water prices for irrigated agriculture have paralyzed the industry.
This, followed by panic purchases, has exacerbated the deficit, according to the country’s largest rice supplier, SunRice.
Unprecedented demand for pasta, rice and ground beef has left supermarket shelves across the country bare
Australian pasta company San Remo has made a statement on its website assuring customers that they are committed to ‘everyone on the table’.
“Our teams work around the clock to ensure a steady supply of high-quality pasta products to our retail partners across the country,” the company said.
Australian pasta company San Remo has made a statement on its website assuring customers that they are committed to ‘keeping pasta on everyone’s table’
Store to store availability will fluctuate depending on local demand and regular inventory levels for each store. Whenever possible, we recommend consulting with your local grocery store managers to understand when stock will be replenished. ‘
Another large pasta brand, Barilla is also feeling the pressure of increased demand and is turning to its suppliers in Italy for additional inventory.
Rob Gordon, CEO of SunRice, admitted that the increase has “exceeded supply capacity” and said the company is now looking for rice from abroad.
Coles has advocated customers to show respect and compassion when shopping for essentials and to support employees who work hard to keep products on the shelves
Rice farmers received fixed-price contracts during the crisis.
Thanks to panic purchases, the beef industry also saw supermarket orders rise to 25 tons per day – compared to the regular five tons.
Minced beef is one of the products that fall under the two-item purchase limit at Coles after shoppers left stock.
Patrick Hutchinson, the director of the Australian Meat Industry Council, said that one of the company’s top priorities today is worker hygiene, many of which come from abroad working on visas.
Durum wheat farmers said that most of their remaining stocks were for winter crops and that the peak in demand also affected Sun Rice, already affected by the shortage, which has been affected by a drop in production from the drought
The spike in demand has also impacted Sun Rice (left), which has already been hit by the deficit, which has been affected by declining production due to the drought. Barilla is also looking for supplies from abroad
“We have to get this product moving through the system. It is not toilet paper. This is a long supply chain and it is a supply chain in rural and regional Australia. It supports tens of thousands of jobs in rural and regional Australia and we need to ensure that it is constantly on the move, “he said The Australian.
Coles and Woolworths are among the supermarket chains forced to place restrictions on food and other goods after panic purchases leave shelves empty.
Aldi, Coles, IGA and Woolworths advocate that customers are more attentive and only buy what they need.
In a newspaper ad, the grocers also called on shoppers to stop attacks on staff and fellow customers after more people filmed verbal abuse.
Scott Morrison called the behavior one of the most disappointing things he had ever seen.
“There is no reason for people to stock up for fear of a shutdown or something similar,” he told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.
The supermarkets say they are doing everything they can to accelerate the turnover of goods.
SUPERMARKET BUYING BORDERS
Two items per person
Minced meat includes beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and turkey
Paper towels / tissues
Long-life UHT milk
Limit of one package per customer, per store
Rice (2 kg and more)
Fresh fruits and vegetables
Meat (excluding minced meat)
Drinks (ambient and chilled)
Confectionery and merchandise for Easter
Wet dog food
Wet cat food
Limit of two packages per customer, per store
Any other category