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The Centralian Advocate Fri 10 Jun 2022



The Centralian Advocate Fri 10 Jun 2022


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10 NEWS Friday June 10 2022 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 PM weighs in on KFC substitution PRIME Minister Anthony Albanese has weighed in on the soaring cost of everyday items, calling KFCs substitution of lettuce for cabbage crazy. With lettuce costing as much as $12 a head due to massive shortages, the fastfood giant has revealed it will substitute cabbage in some instances. Mr Albanese told the Kyle and Jackie O show it was just wrong, saying he would raise the issue of cabbage-gate at Thursdays cabinet meeting. This is a crisis, he said while laughing. My son loves KFC and when he hears about this he is going to be devastated. Its extreme. Cabbage isnt the same as lettuce. Thats just wrong. Ill put it on the list for the cabinet meeting today. Cabbage-gate. KFC was forced to post a menu update on its website earlier this week, blaming recent flooding events in Queensland and NSW for the shortage. It follows the emergence of a lettuce as a figurehead during the election campaign for the mounting cost of living. Ellen Ransley a single LETTUCE could now cost hungry Territorians the princely sum of $8 Price hike tip of iceberg A SPIKE in iceberg lettuce prices has left Top End shoppers curious about why a vegetable made mostly of water has become so costly. Iceberg lettuce prices are ranging from $5.50 to $6.99 in supermarkets across the Top End. Cox Country Club kitchen staffer Angela Harding said her workplace had paid more than $8 per iceberg lettuce when she ordered a box of 12. I normally pay around $5 for them, Ms Harding said. I thought well thats expensive. I just thought well for lettuce thats a lot. I suppose, if you want it, youve got to pay what it is. Its like your fuel. Ms Harding said despite the rising cost of lettuce, the Country Clubs meal prices would not increase. You cant change the pri ces just because the price of lettuce has gone up, she said. Well youve got to (wear the cost increase) because we have it for our salad, burgers and steak sandwiches and stuff like that. According to the Australian Government Agricultural overview for the June quarter 2022, recent weather crises such as flooding, soaring fertiliser prices and limited access to farm labour and machinery were some of the reasons why costs have climbed. While shopping at Woolworths in Nightcliff, a 68year-old Millner resident, who did not want to be named, was thankful to see iceberg lettuce being sold for $6.50, in comparison to other states where prices have doubled. After having heard and watched the news yesterday (Wednesday) evening, ice berg lettuce was quoted double figure dollar prices, she said. I came in today to see what the lettuce price was doing and Im very pleased to see it was in my budget as $6.50. As a 68-year-old pensioner, I would pay that and Im on a really tight budget. Woolworths general manager of fruit and veg Paul Turner said due to the continued heavy rain and low sunlight in Queensland, some vegetable varieties had a reduction in supply and quality. Were still seeing challenges with lettuce and berry supply so while the new crops have been planted, it will take a few weeks for stocks to return to more stable levels, Mr Turner said. Many of our customers love to shop and eat seasonally and we think its important to be upfront about fresh food availability. FLOSS ADAMS KFC is replacing lettuce with cabbage in some stores.