Support for citrus growers

WOOLWORTHS has confirmed it will support Australian citrus growers that are currently affected by the Queensland floods, and will not import fruit to fill any resulting supply gaps.

The bulk of this year's lemon crop is ready to harvest, but may be slightly delayed due to severe flooding across the major growing regions of Central Burnett, which takes in Gayndah, Mundubbera and the Bundaberg area.

Paul Harker, head of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables at Woolworths, said the Australian lemon season usually kicked off this week.

"While there may be a slight delay in supply in Australian lemons due to the floods, we have decided we will not order additional US lemons to ensure Australian growers get the best access to our customers," he said.

"Australians love lemons all year round, but they are not always in season. For 10 weeks of the year, the Australian market is supplemented with US lemons to meet demand.

"(But) we are working closely with our growers in flood-affected regions to ensure that delicious Australian lemons will be arriving in stores across the country very soon."

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