This story that the ‘land of plenty’, the nation whose economy depends so much on agriculture and growing sufficient food to be self sustaining, can’t even keep a fast food chain stocked up caught our attention this morning.
This story was running in the Herald
“A shortage of cucumber, lamb and turkey has hit Subway stores from Kaitaia to Invercargill.
A sign at Auckland’s Queen St store said: “Due to the critical supply issue with cucumber we need to reduce the amount of cucumber on sandwiches for a limited time.”
At Subway Eden Quarter in Mt Eden, a notice said: “We are currently out of stock of our turkey and roast lamb products due to unforseen circumstances until further notice.”
Subway marketing manager David Herrick said there was a seasonal shortage of cucumbers because of cold growing conditions, which led Subway to look at sourcing them from Australia…”
Ok, we can appreciate that cucumber growing conditions may not be ideal at present, those NZ winters can be pretty harsh. But turkey and lamb?! Lamb is the staple food, the national dish of New Zealand.
How can New Zealand ever run out of lamb?