Supermarket giant Coles is placing restrictions on frozen Australian potato products

Coles confirmed that it will continue to purchase restrictions on packages of frozen potato products as the nation grapples with potato shortages.

Heavy rains and severe flooding affected potato production in the country, causing wholesale potato prices to rise by 25 percent.

The spillover effect means that you will now be limited to a maximum of two frozen potato products from Coles freezers for the foreseeable future.

Coles confirmed that the restrictions are still in place a month after they were first introduced on December 15.

“The bad weather in the eastern states affected supplies of some frozen potato products across the industry,” a Coles spokesperson said on Sunday.

“We thank customers for their patience while we work diligently with suppliers to minimize outages and restore inventory to normal levels in the coming months.”

However, the chain’s supply of fresh potatoes will not be affected.

However, the main competitor Woolworths will continue to endlessly buy potato products.

They are weathering the storm and expect supply issues to be back to normal by mid-February.

Shortages are also affecting the commercial sector, with restaurants either having to experiment with hand-cut potato chips, or closing their doors altogether.

One such business was Roy’s Fish & Chips Takeaway Cafe in the NSW resort town of Batemans Bay Far South, which was forced to close twice a week over the New Year holidays due to a shortage.

“We’re out of potatoes again and we’ll have to close our trading shop tomorrow and will reopen it as soon as we have more potatoes and we receive more potatoes,” said a post on Roy’s Facebook page from New Year’s Day.

The Oven is a self-described pizza place in Strathalbyn, southeast Adelaide, where potato shortages have also caused problems.

Attention all chip lovers! Due to a potato shortage in Australia, we regret to inform you that we are currently unable to supply regular potato chips,” read a post on their Facebook page from January 12.

“We’ve found a temporary replacement but we won’t have sweet potatoes at the moment.”

And in the Victorian border town of Rutherglen, GRACE was born. Bar + Restaurant is facing a similar situation.

“HOT CHIPS IN CRISIS,” they announced in a Facebook post uploaded Friday.

“Because of the huge Australian potato shortage in 2022-23, at some point, over the weekend, we will run out of our incredibly popular ‘truffle potatoes’.

“But fear not, we’re now stocked with curly chips,” the post said, before adding in controversial fashion.

Originally published because Coles places buy limits on a family favorite frozen dinner

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