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Woolworths brings back half-price specials

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People shop at a Woolworths supermarket in Sydney on March 17, 2020. - Australia's elderly were let in early to supermarkets on March 17, but coronavirus panic buying still proved too much in some areas, with reports of empty shelves and large queues. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP) (Photo by PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images)
Woolworths has struggled to offer discounted items recently. Image: Getty

Supply and demand challenges prompted Woolworths to remove many of its sale items in recent weeks, but those days could be over, with a new catalogue promoting a range of half-price deals.

The latest catalogue reveals a range of snacks, food, cleaning products, beauty products and Bonds items are all on sale at the supermarket.

From 15 April, shoppers will be able to snag 50 per cent off snacks like Doritos corn chips, Grain Waves and Arnott’s Monte Carlos biscuits.

Woolworths latest catalogue has half-price items across a range of categories. Image: Getty
Woolworths latest catalogue has half-price items across a range of categories. Image: Getty

Lipton Ice Tea 1.5L bottles are also half off, as is YoPRO yoghurt and selected breads.

Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara is also half price, at $11.50, and Head & Shoulders shampoo and conditioner is also half price, along with Schwarzkopf products.

‘No choice’: Supply issues force Woolworths to ditch specials

It comes after Woolworths said it had been unable to provide a large number of specials due to coronavirus.

“As we reset our stock position after weeks of unprecedented demand, we're working to reinstate many of the specials our customers know and love,” a spokesperson told Yahoo News in early April.

In a letter to customers last week, Woolworths CEO Brad Banducci said the supermarket had been left with “no choice but to… reduce the number of specials”.

“This was simply so we could prioritise getting essential products to stores without our supply chain having to cope with the extra volume of products needed for a full program of specials.”

He said other fluctuations in price, in particular fruit and vegetable prices, are somewhat seasonal, and also affected by drought and bushfire conditions.

“In fresh food, some of these are normal seasonal variations and some, like cauliflower and broccoli, are still seeing the longer term impacts of drought and unseasonal growing conditions,” he said.

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