Woolworths brings back purchase limits amid panic buying

Supermarket giant Woolworths has announced it will be reimposing buying limits on essential items in Victoria, with whispers the state is heading into Stage 4 restrictions.

Woolworths has reinstated a purchase limit of two items per customer across at least 50 product categories in Victoria.

“We understand this is an anxious time for our Victorian customers, but we encourage everyone to continue shopping as they usually would and only buy what they need,” Claire Peters, Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director, said in a statement on Sunday.

“Stock will continue to flow from our distribution centres and as an essential service, Woolworths supermarkets remain open to support customers’ food and grocery needs.”

The move follows an increase in demand across Victorian stores in the last 24 hours.

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Woolworths is enforcing purchase limits of two items across the following product categories:

  • Toilet paper
  • Paper Towel
  • Baby Wipes
  • Tissues
  • Anti Bacterial Wipes
  • Liquid Hand Wash
  • Disinfectants
  • Bleach
  • Cleaners
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Sponges & Scourers
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Frozen Vegetables
  • Frozen Potato
  • Frozen Fruit
  • Frozen Fish
  • Frozen Poultry
  • Long life Milk
  • Long life Milk (Speciality)
  • Noodles (Mainstream)
  • Cooking Oil
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Vinegar (White)
  • Packet Side Dish – Pasta & Sauce
  • Indian foods and sauces
  • Mexican Dinner kits
  • Salsa
  • Canned Tomato
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Legumes
  • Canned Fruit
  • Baked Beans & Spaghetti
  • Dairy Milk
  • Dairy Milk (Specialty)
  • Chilled Juice
  • Bacon Prepacked
  • Eggs
  • Mince (fixed weight only)
  • Sausages
  • Burgers, Rissoles and meatballs
  • Carrots Prepacked
  • Potatoes Prepacked
  • Onions Prepacked
  • Bread (loaves) including in-store
  • Frozen Seafood

Additionally the following limits apply across the meat category:

  • 2x packs Pork
  • 2x packs Lamb
  • 2x packs Beef
  • 2x packs Chicken

More to come …

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