Sunday, November 28

Grocery shortages were reported in Dunedin supermarkets on the second day of the Alert Level 4 lockdown

The grocery shortage is beginning to affect some Dunedin supermarkets.

Empty shelves at Mailer Street Countdown in Dunedin.

Empty shelves at Mailer Street Countdown in Dunedin.
Photo: RNZ / Tim Brown

RNZ has heard reports of toilet paper cleaning in some supermarkets and verified that this is the case on Countdown Mailer Street, while bread stocks have been affected in Countdown Dunedin South.

The buyer behavior observed by RNZ is not problematic and cannot be described as a panic buying, so it is not clear why the stocks of some commodities have been so affected.

There are queues at many of the largest supermarkets in the city, but they all operate with low capacity limits.

Lots of toilet paper in Countdown Dunedin South, but the bread is clean.

Lots of toilet paper in Countdown Dunedin South, but the bread is clean.
Photo: RNZ / Tim Brown

Countdown would not address the shortage of specific products, saying “this tends not to be helpful,” but a statement attributed to Countdown’s general manager of corporate affairs, security and sustainability, Kiri Hannifin, said they were working to fill the gaps.

“We are very proud of the way our team has dealt with the increased demand that we have seen in stores over the past 48 hours,” the statement said.

“There will be some gaps in the shelves, but our store and supply chain teams are working to quickly reorder and restock what is needed and we have had great support from our shippers and suppliers to help get food across the country quickly to our clients. clients. “

The head of corporate food affairs, Antoinette Laird, said there was plenty of product for everyone.

“Toilet paper, like all essentials, is in good supply as long as customers #buy normally and do not stockpile it, putting undue pressure on the supply chain network.

“Our customer demand is still to buy as you normally would – this is the best way to ensure that there is enough for everyone.”

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