'Bids Starting At $150': Shoppers Panicked By Cottage Cheese Disappearing From Supermarket Shelves
If you've been to your local Coles or Woolworths and noticed there's been a distinct lack of cottage cheese, you're not the only one.
Cheese lovers have been questioning why their favourite cottage cheese is no longer stocked at Coles or Woolworths, with some pointing out the shortage has lasted for longer than a month.
Shopper Rachel Brown posted about her disappointment, stating she'd been to both Coles and Woolworths and was unable to find their generic brands of creamed cottage cheese.
"I've now hunted five Woolies stores and then asked at the counter for assistance in finding the product to be told it's no longer available," Rachel wrote on the Woolworths Facebook page.
"Coles have said the same thing."
Rachel questioned why the product had disappeared and asked if it would be coming back, noting that there was alternatively an increase in cream cheese on shelves in her local store.
"We consumed almost a tub a day and have for years, it's an amazing product and many people here undergoing weight loss are now at a loss for the protein-filled, versatile, bulky stomach filler you once offered," she added.
Your creamed cottage cheese was the only one of its type on the market. Please bring it back!
Woolworths confirmed the reason for the shortage was due to a 'supply issue' with cottage cheese across every brand.
Coles further told their customers via social media that their shortage was due to a major manufacturer of cottage cheese going into voluntary administration.
"We’re sorry to be the bearer of bad news," the Coles spokesperson said.
However, we can confirm that one of the largest manufacturers of cottage cheese in Australia has gone into voluntary administration and this has caused a strain on the supply of all cottage cheese products around the country.
However, Woolworths wants their customers to be reassured that they are working to get cottage cheese back onto supermarket shelves.
"We are working closely with our supplier base to get cottage cheese products back on our shelves for customers as quickly as possible," a Woolworths spokesperson told 10 daily.
In the meantime, we apologise for the inconvenience to our customers.
The Brancourts dairy processing company, a primary cottage cheese supplier, closed down in September after being in business for 124 years.
Shopper Candii Banks said she 'almost cried happy tears' when she spotted cottage cheese hidden among the dairy section of her local Woolworths, however, the excitement was short lived when she realised it was 'tainted' with onion and chives.
"Why would you tease us like this! Any word as to when the cottage cheese shortage will come to an end?" Candii asked as she added she was 'feeling incomplete' without the access to cottage cheese.
"I'm going to have a go at making my own today, wish me luck."
After a successful attempt at making her own cottage cheese, the shopper shared a photo of her efforts to social media, offering to be the new supplier for Woolworths.
"Woolworths are you still looking for a cottage cheese supplier? I can deliver the goods. First time making cottage cheese!" she wrote.
Aside from making their own cottage cheese, shoppers have gone to extreme lengths to satisfy their dairy needs amid the shortage.
"Legit it's been a month and I've been frantically searching for it [cottage cheese]... I've had to resort to eating tubs of normal cottage cheese I had stashed in the freezer that I got from the school!" Rachel wrote.
"Fingers crossed it comes back soon. I'm in dairy disaster without this stuff!"
Candii added she had found an old tub of discarded cottage cheese in her fridge and given it's rarity, joked about selling it with bids 'starting at $150'.
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