The shortage has even led fast food chain KFC to switch to cabbage in its popular burgers and wraps.
“We’re currently experiencing a lettuce shortage. So, we’re using a lettuce and cabbage blend on all products containing lettuce until further notice,” they told customers.
The news prompted outrage on social media, where many fans of the fast-food chain criticized the choice of cabbage to replace lettuce in KFC burgers.
“Feels like a sign of the apocalypse,” one Twitter user wrote last Tuesday, sharing a photo of a KFC sign giving customers a “heads up” about the cabbage-lettuce blend and informing them they could “remove it” from their order “if that’s not your bag.”
Potatoes, beetroot, broccoli, beans, tomatoes and capsicums are among other fresh produce crops decimated by flooding in the Lockyer Valley and Granite Belt regions of southern Queensland.
Prices of strawberries and blueberries has also more than tripled due to flooding in northern NSW.
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Carlo Trimboli, the chair of the NSW Chamber of Fresh Produce and the managing director of Samson’s Fruit and Vegetable Supply, told the ABC as long as the supply was low across the industry and demand continued, so would high prices.
He estimated that his wholesale supply was down by 80 per cent.
“It’s really critical,” he said.
“The prices of produce are high, but the volume that normally goes through the central market system and through to retailers is dramatically reduced.”