The humble potato could be next in line to wreck household budgets as farmers warn of a 30 percent price hike in the coming weeks.
Iceberg lettuce has soared to as much as $12 a head in some grocery stores, while broccoli and tomatoes have sold for more than $12 a kilo.
Potato farmers said rising fuel prices and rising production costs are contributing to the crisis, which would see a 4-kg sack of brushed potatoes also selling for $12.
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WHY POTATO PRICES ARE HIGH
Potatoes could reach prices of $12 for a 4kg sack, farmers warn.
Floods earlier this year wiped out large areas of potato crops.
The price of fertilizers has tripled due to the war in Ukraine.
Gasoline to power farm equipment and trucks has also skyrocketed.
Wages are costing farmers more as foreign seasonal workers have dried up over the past two years due to Covid restrictions.
“Fertiliser, wages, running equipment – everything has gone through the roof,” Victorian potato grower Tony Cummaudo told The Herald Sun.
His colleague Rodney Guthrie said there is also a crop shortage this year due to flooding, which is contributing to the price hike.
“Normally a 5kg bag (of potatoes) is $5, but electricity and fuel have gone up and fertilizer has doubled,” Guthrie said.
“The shortages started after the summer rains which resulted in an outage in the growing season and the bins weren’t there compared to what we normally get.”
The cost of other groceries is also rising as inflation, which is now 5.1 percent and rising, grips the country.
Recently, a supermarket shopper was shocked when he was browsing the fridge aisle and found that the price of lactose-free milk had gone up.
Images shared with the Simple Savers Facebook Group Show Paul’s Zymil lactose-free low-fat milk is now $6.60 and an alternative from Norco is $5.95 per 2-liter bottle.
Asking for advice, the sad woman said, “Any suggestions where I can get low-fat milk cheaper? I just can’t afford that anymore.”
“I don’t want to have to drink cupboard milk (UHT milk) but it looks like it’s the only one
An Australian shopper was shocked when he browsed the supermarket’s fridge aisle and found the price of lactose-free milk had gone up
Images shared with the Simple Savers Facebook group show that Paul’s Zymil lactose-free low-fat milk is now $6.60 and an alternative from Norco is $5.95 per 2-liter bottle (pictured).
Vegetables like lettuce, carrots, zucchini, cauliflower and broccoli have also increased in price in recent months.
The observation shocked others online, who offered a list of potential alternatives the woman could buy.
“You just gave me a shock. I buy lactose-free milk but didn’t look at the price. I think I need to buy regular milk for my husband and only give me 1 liter!’ wrote one woman in the comments.
Others said long-life milk options are usually cheaper compared to fresh milk.
Others online say long life milk options are usually cheaper compared to fresh milk (stock image)
“I’ve been buying Coles brand lactose-free whole and light milk for a long time, 1 liter, $2.50 for a 1 liter carton, and you can find it in the fridges alongside the Zymil,” one person said.
“Shelf life milk is cheaper and tastes pretty good. I used to buy A2 and now use Devondale Long Life in my cereal. It’s also cheaper if you buy from Costco,” added another.
Another person said they opted for 1 liter of Aldi milk, while another said low-fat powdered milk is also a good alternative for just $8 from Woolworths or Coles.
Last month, a nutritionist revealed why you should never pay $12 for a head of lettuce and explained what kind of lettuce fillers You should eat instead.
Susie Burrell, who has two honors degrees in nutrition and dietetics and psychology, said that darker and more colorful vegetables should be prioritized when budgets are tight.
Speaking to FEMAIL, she explained frozen spinach and kale are much cheaper and have better nutritional profiles than plain iceberg lettuce.
They can often be bought for less than $3 a kilo and are more versatile since they “can be used in everything from smoothies to Bolognese,” she explained.
Susie Burrell, who has two honors degrees in nutrition, dietetics and psychology, said that the darker and more colorful vegetables should be prioritized when budgets are tight
“When the budget is that tight, you don’t have to feel like you have to spend $12 on a salad to get your nutrition,” she said.
“Iceberg lettuce is very low in calories because it’s mostly water, and while it does contain some nutrients, you don’t get much bang for your buck at these inflated prices.”
A supermarket in suburban Brisbane sold a single head of iceberg lettuce for as much as $12.99 in May.
The price surge follows a wet start to the year with unprecedented rain and flooding spoiling crops in NSW and Queensland.
Easy vegetable swap to save money
❌ Instead of broccoli for 12 dollars a kilo
✅Buy cauliflower for $4-5 each
❌ Instead of fresh tomatoes for $10-14 a kilo
✅Buy canned tomatoes for $1-2 per can
❌Instead of salad for $6-12 per head
✅Buy kale for $4-$5 a bunch or $1-2 frozen
❌Instead of zucchini for $10-12 a kilo
✅Buy carrots for $1-2 per kilo
❌Instead of red peppers for $10-12 a kilo
✅Buy canned beets for $3 a kilo
Source: Susie Burrell