REVEAL: The only item YOU STILL CAN’T buy in Woolworths because shopping restrictions are lifted
- Woolworths eases restrictions on essential goods as panic purchases ease
- The supermarket is still struggling to keep up with the demand for pasta sauce
- It removed product limits for oats and toothpaste last week, in addition to changes
While panic buying seems to be abating in Australia, pasta sauce is still in short supply at Woolworths.
The supermarket giant has started easing restrictions around purchasing limits after seven weeks of rising demand due to coronavirus.
Hand disinfection, rice, pasta, canned goods and toilet paper were looted when the crisis started, but demand has steadily declined.
However, pasta sauce pots are still in short supply, despite Woolworths’ efforts to keep the shelves filled.
A shopper browses an empty pasta hall at the Woolworths store in Melbourne in March
In an online update, Woolworths CEO said the supermarket is still struggling to keep up with demand for pasta sauce.
Pasta sauce is still in short supply, despite an additional 850,000 units this week, while pasta itself has improved. This week we secured another 1,000 pallets – that’s another 500,000 packages, “he said.
He added that while demand for toilet paper was still up 45 percent from this time last year, supermarket supply had increased 70 percent.
Supermarkets, such as pasta and rice, have been in high demand for seven weeks
Australians loot pasta sauce supplies during looting
Banducci said that while the supermarket met the demand for toilet paper, there was still a shortage of paper towels and tissues.
“We still have some problems with paper towels and tissues, with a turnover increase of 60-80%. That’s a whopping 2.75 million rolls of paper towels and more than 1.6 million boxes of tissues a week. These are large numbers and we are working with our suppliers to bring in even more supply, ” he said.
The supermarket giant applied 700,000 units of hand sanitizer last week and doubled the supply of detergents and disinfectants to meet the growing demand for hygiene products.
Woolworths and Coles have both started easing restrictions around product limits as demand returns to normal
Woolworths continues to face changing prices for fresh foods such as cauliflower and broccoli, due to the “effects of drought and unreasonable growing conditions,” Banducci said.
Both Woolworths and Coles have both started easing restrictions around product limits as declining panic purchases.
This week, Woolies lifted the limits for oats and oral care, after lifting restrictions on fresh milk, packaged meat, and cereal last week.
The supermarket chain’s online grocery service is running again – with the pickup service now available and more home delivery windows.
Full shelves of kitchen towels appeared in Australian supermarkets on Saturday (Pictured: toilet paper supplies at Woolworths in Kellyville)
Pictured: Shoppers were surprised on Saturday by the full shelves of toilet paper at Woolworths in Rowville, Victoria outside Melbourne
A Commonwealth Bank analysis of the country’s credit card data this week found that food and alcohol spending continues to decline after weeks of heavy spending.
Last week saw a 12 percent drop in spending in the week ending April 3, after a 21 percent drop the week before.
Timeline of panic purchases in Australia
MARCH 1: Panic purchases of toilet paper begin, with supermarket shelves across the country taken out of the toilet roll as fear of coronavirus increases
4TH OF MARCH: Coles introduces a limit of four pieces on toilet paper.
6 MARCH: Three women are filmed in a fist fight over toilet paper in a Woolworths in Chullora, west Sydney.
MARCH 7TH: Video goes viral of an older woman slapping another shopper as she scrapes over the last pack of toilet paper in a Melbourne Coles.
13 MARCH: Woolworths introduces a one-package limit for paper towels and napkins.
17TH OF MARCH: Woolworths and Coles are introducing a special shopping hour for the elderly and disabled to stock up without being overwhelmed by the panic of buying chaos in some stores.
18TH OF MARCH: Woolworths says customers of most packaged products can purchase only two items from a single category, excluding fresh food.
18TH OF MARCH: Scott Morrison demands that Australians stop collecting food and other essentials during a passionate press conference.
MARCH 24: Coles announces it will allow emergency workers – including nurses and police officers – to shop during the special ‘community hour’.
APRIL 1ST: Panic buyers force Woolworths and Coles to cut back on their weekly specials