Woolies, Coles lift more product limits as hoarding reduces

Woolworths and Coles have removed more limits on some items as shoppers return to their normal habits.

The supermarket giants were forced to impose strict limits on many items during the coronavirus crisis as Australians stripped shelves bare.

Woolworths will now raise the limit on toilet paper from Wednesday from one packet to four while Coles has removed its limit completely.


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Woolworths has lifted all limits on pasta, frozen vegetables, tissues, baby wipes, baked beans, canned spaghetti, paper towels and disposable gloves.

A limit of two products remain for eggs, flour, sugar, pasta sauce, handwash, cleaners and disinfectants.

Coles has retained a two product limit on pasta, flour, dry rice, eggs, frozen vegetables, frozen desserts, sugar, tinned tomatoes, liquid soap and anti-bacterial wipes.

Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director Claire Peters says they are pleased to be able to ease more of their product limits.

“This is a positive sign following weeks of hard work from our teams, customers and significant support from our suppliers in meeting this unprecedented demand,” Ms Peters said.

“We are now in a position where our customers will see better product availability across the categories that have been challenged by the increased demand over the past two months.”

Ms Peters says it will still take some time before supermarkets return to full supply, with some products still unavailable from time to time.

Coles also says it’s glad to be able to make these changes.

“(We) expect to remove further limits as customer demand continues to stabilise and more categories see supply levels return to normal,” a Coles spokesperson said.

“We are grateful for the efforts of our suppliers to deliver significantly increased volumes to meet the recent unexpected surge in customer demand.

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