Greater restrictions on meat production in Victoria and issues at distribution centres in Melbourne will not have an impact on grocery supplies in Tasmania at this stage, Woolworths says.
A significant increase in coronavirus cases at abattoirs and meat processing plants in Victoria raised fears of looming meat shortages, but regional Victorian abattiors – the key providers of meat – are still operating as usual.
The Woolworths distribution centre in Melbourne – the source of packaged groceries, health and beauty products and general merchandise for Tasmanian supermarkets – was also closed temporarily last month after an outbreak, but is back to full operations.
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These issues did not impact supply to the Woolworths-operated Tasmanian Regional Distribution Centre near Launceston Airport, according to the company.
A worker walk out at the liquor distribution centre in Melbourne this week was resolved after 11 hours.
A spokesperson for Woolworths said they would continue to monitor the impact of restrictions in Victoria and make arrangements to ensure the continued delivery of groceries to supermarkets across Australia.
“We’re working through the implications of the Victorian Government’s announcements with our key suppliers,” he said.
“We’ll monitor the impact closely as the new restrictions come into effect later this week.”
State Growth Minister Michael Ferguson said Tasmania’s freight and logistics routes were “working really well”, and he engages with industries closely.
“We’ve seen almost without exception the continuing functioning of our freight and logistics sector in a way which is an incredible tribute to the men and women who have kept that industry moving,” he said.