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UPDATE: FLOODED roads and heavy rains continue to disrupt food supplies in Mackay with more empty shelves appearing at supermarkets. 

In the Caneland Central Woolworths, signs appeared in the produce section which read "due to flooding we are experiencing difficulty stocking some products."

The sign apologised for the inconvenience caused to customers.

Caneland Central Woolworths were contacted for comment, but they were unable to provide further information. 

No timeline has been given for when the food stocks will be replenished. 

This comes as similar produce shortages were seen yesterday in the Caneland Central Woolworths and in Coles on Sydney Street.

INITIAL: A PRODUCE shortage has struck supermarkets across the Mackay region.

Customers late yesterday were reporting bare shelves in Mackay supermarket produce sections, a situation believed to be linked to flooding in the north.

A message seen at Coles apologised for the freighting issue, saying: "Customers, we apologise for the inconvenience in our Fresh Produce Department today".

"Due to weather disruptions we have not been able to receive any fresh produce freight in store today," it read.

Apology letter to Coles customers regarding the produce shortages which is affecting supermarkets across the region.
Apology letter to Coles customers regarding the produce shortages which is affecting supermarkets across the region. Contributed

Both Coles on Sydney Street and Woolworths Caneland were approached for further comment, but no information was shared.

A source who wished to remain anonymous said the issue was tied to flooding in Townsville, saying it had closed transport routes.

They were not able to offer a definite date for when the supply delays would ease.

"It's everywhere, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and it's affecting Coles and Woolies," they said.

Empty produce section at the Sydney street Coles.
Empty produce section at the Sydney street Coles. Contributed

He added that from the information given to them "everything should be back to normal" by Saturday.

However, if heavy monsoon rain continued, the source said, the shortages could be exacerbated. They said shipments from southern sources were not being looked at.

Bare shelves in the produce section at Coles Sydney Street.
Bare shelves in the produce section at Coles Sydney Street. Contributed

"There's a lot of stores in North Queensland. I was told the rain had settled yesterday (Thursday), but if rain continues we may be in the same boat as today."



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