GRAPE and apple growers have benefited from Australia's banana drought, according to research into customer spending.
When banana prices skyrocketed from$2 a kilogram to more than $13 in the wake of Cyclone Larry, customers went elsewhere.
Research shows just two out of ten Sydney households bought bananas in June-July, compared with 7 out of ten a year ago.
The study found people bought more grapes and apples. Sales of pears melons and citrus fruits also increased.
However, there are also times an ill wind brings good fortune; to grape growers in particular, due to the glut of wine producing grapes, which had resulted in the over supply of wine worldwide.
Although I am not an avid wine quaffer. occasionally there pops up a time when wine for dinner guests is a must.
Recently cheaper wine has come onto the market, the many differing types in the mid price range have fallen to an average of 50% and in one range even more, during the past weeks I have bought wines (good quality) for as little as $4 per 750ml Bot 13% alc. (US$3) last week nearest and dearest and I bought two cases of South Australian Chardonnay(A beautiful drop) 2x12, 750ml at AU $45-60 the lot. "Yes one dollar ninety per bottle" Or US$1-50 per bot..
Probably cheaper than Coke at the 7-11.