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Yes, I’ll have those bananas

Thursday, 20th October, 2011

‘YUMMY’: The price of bananas is falling and that's good for Brieya Stephenson (2) who says she just loves them. ‘YUMMY’: The price of bananas is falling and that's good for Brieya Stephenson (2) who says she just loves them.

Bananas are back and can be enjoyed this summer as prices continue to drop.

The price of the fruit is slowly dropping seven months after Cyclone Yasi hit Queensland and destroyed crops in Innisfail and Cardwell.

Dot Williams of Schinella’s Fruit Villa said they had been getting their bananas from the Northern Territory but has gone back to Queensland since production returned.

Mrs Williams said last week the fruit villa had good quality bananas for $11.99 a kilo but this week they decided against buying them for $12.99 a kilo as they were smaller and weren’t good quality.

Pat McEntee, Woolworths General Manager of Fresh Food, said the banana crop had not recovered as quickly as everyone would have liked. 

Not only were farmers hit by Cyclone Yasi in February but growing conditions over winter had not been good, he said.

“It’s been a cold winter with little rain and no cloud cover which has hindered the recovery of banana crops,” Mr McEntee said.

“Currently we are only receiving about a fifth of the supply that we received pre-Cyclone Yasi but we know that our customers don’t want to wait any longer for better banana prices.”

Woolworths yesterday dropped the price of bananas across Australia from $10.98 per kilogram to $7.95.

A spokeswomen for Coles said they expected prices to keep falling over the coming weeks as growers affected by Cyclone Yasi ramp up to full production again.

At Coles the standard Cavendish banana price is $9.98 per kilo in Adelaide, Melbourne and Broken Hill.

 

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