Supermarket changes: Coles responds to meat shortage across Australia as Woolworths reinforces buying restrictions

There are major changes coming to supermarkets in Victoria.

The state of Victoria has officially enforced a Stage 4 restrictions and as a result, Aussie supermarkets have reintroduced item limits in a bit to avoid shortages after customers went through a period of panic buying back in February and March. 

Giant supermarket Coles has released a statement after claims that Victoria is facing a major meat shortage due to a large rise in COVID 19 cases at abattoirs and meat processing plants in the state.

According to 7NEWS, there are more than 300 confirmed cases at five different locations, all of which have closed doors to cleaning - leaving customers worries the state may go without dinner staples like chicken and mince.

In a bid to ensure no family's are left without produce, Coles has enforced a two-pack buying restriction on chicken breasts, chicken thighs and mince meat.

Coles Chief Operating Officer Matt Swindells revealed that the supermarket has seen a “very large spike in demand as customers have become concerned about whether they can get access to meat.”

However, he did plead with customers to calm down.

“There is no need to panic, but it will take a bit of time to recover the meat supply chain,” he said.

“We’ll review that in the coming days and see when trade settles down,” he said.

The decision to enforce these restrictions come after the existing two pack per customer limit on essential items like hand sanitiser on face masks.

Earlier this year, Woolworths stores in Australia experienced periods of panic buying.

And Coles isn't the only store making changes, from August 3, Woolworths customers in Melbourne will only be permitted to purchase the following:

Meat and Poultry

  • 2 packs of beef
  • 2 packs of chicken
  • 2 packs of lamb
  • 2 packs of pork
  • 1 kg meat and poultry from the butcher and deli

Fruit and Vegetables

  • 2 kg each of carrots
  • 2 kg onions
  • 2 kg potatoes

Other items

  • 2 x frozen veggies
  • 2 x long-life milk
  • 2 x pasta
  • 2 x eggs

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