Widespread Pet Food Shortage Leaves Supermarket Shelves Empty
Dog and cat owners are outraged over bare pet food shelves in major supermarkets following a reported dispute between Coles, Woolworths and pet food suppliers.
Customers across the country have taken to social media to slam their local stores, claiming pet food supplies have been extremely low or completely empty for multiple weeks.
“My local Woolworths in St Mary’s has no pet food and they have no idea about what’s going on,” Sydney woman Nicole Needham said in a Facebook post.
A "customer notice" sign put up next to bare shelves in a Woolworths store said the company "is experiencing supply shortages on some brands in the pet food aisle".
"We are working hard to get these lines back on shelves and apologise for the inconvenience," it said.
The shortage is affecting Mars Petcare brands including Pedigree and Whiskas, and is reportedly the result of a price dispute between the supplier and the two supermarket chains.
The National Union of Workers regional organiser Mark Schmidt told the Bendigo Advertiser Mars has had a price rise with its product.
"The warehouses are full, so it's not that there's a shortage in the product," Schmidt said.
"It's the fun and games that go with a product price rise."
In a statement, Woolworths confirmed to 10 daily the company has been experiencing supply shortages on "a few pet food lines".
"We're working with the supplier to improve availability for our customers as quickly as possible," the statement said.
"We apologise to customers for the inconvenience."
Coles has said a majority of products will be back on all shelves in the coming days.