(RP from Matt Holten)
“As cost-of-living pressures mount amid high inflation and low wage growth, the major supermarkets are selling single avocados for between $1.60 and $1.80.
So why just not lower the price to drive up demand? Because it still wouldn’t be worth it for farmers, according to Kochi.
“The cost of putting that stuff in a package, including the labour and the cost of packaging and the cost of transport is just not worthwhile,” he said.
“So the option is just to dump it.
“It’s not only cheaper (to throw it away), you just can’t afford to put the labour into packing.
“It doesn’t pay to put the money into packing the fruit or to pay someone the freight costs to send it down to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.”
Cute… thanks capitalism.
Is avocado toast the problem? I think not.