Aussie supermarkets continue to ease buying limits



Supermarket giants are continuing to ease their product restrictions on items including toilet paper and pasta as panic buying subsides.

From Wednesday Woolworths is easing product limits on items including toilet paper, rice, hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes as customer demand for these goods gradually returns to normal.

Limits will still remain on these products but will be eased from one per shop to either two or four per shop.

Toilet paper and rice will move from a one product per customer to four per shop.

In other categories the supermarket giant has lifted product limits entirely including on pasta, frozen vegetables, tissues, baby wipes, baked beans, canned spaghetti, paper towels and disposable gloves.

Restrictions were first rolled out in March at the height of the panic-buying frenzy as COVID-19 started to spread in Australia.

It was done in a move to ensure customers could still access the products they needed despite being in a limited capacity.

Woolworths employee Patrice Hughes has maintained a smile through the difficult times in recent months.
Woolworths employee Patrice Hughes has maintained a smile through the difficult times in recent months.

Woolworths Supermarkets managing director Claire Peters said she's pleased to ease the product limits.

"We are now in a position where out customers will see better product availability across the categories that have been challenged by the increased demand over the past two months," she said.

"While their favourite brand within the category may not always be on the shelf we are confident an alternative option should be available for the customer to purchase."

She said the supermarket would continue to keep a close eye on product levels to ensure they kept up with shopper demand.

Rival supermarket Coles has also took limits off toilet paper and paper towels on Tuesday.

"We are pleased to be able to remove purchase limits at Coles on key household staples like toilet paper and paper towel, and expect to remove further limits as customer demand continues to stabilise and more categories see supply levels return to normal," the Coles spokesman said.

"We are grateful for the efforts of our suppliers to deliver significantly increased volumes to meet the recent unexpected surge in customer demand and to our customers for their patience."

Coles still has two item per person limits on pasta, flour, dry rice, eggs, frozen vegetables, frozen desserts, sugar, tin tomatoes, liquid soap and antibacterial wipes.


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