Banana shortage across New Zealand supermarkets

Some supermarkets across New Zealand are suffering a banana shortage and a shipping delay means supplies might not be back to normal until the end of the month.

Countdown and Foodstuffs, which owns New World and Pak 'n Save, appear to be running low on bananas with their suppliers being hit by unforeseen shipping issues.

A Countdown spokesperson said a ship carrying the fruit, imported from Mexico and Ecuador, had to change its route causing a delay.

"We’re currently working on sourcing some additional bananas," said the spokesperson.

Antoinette Laird, FoodStuffs NZ's Head of External Relations, also said their shortage was connected to the shipping issues. 

"The good news is we expect supply to be back to normal by the end of the month," said Ms Laird.

"It is a national issue but supply varies from store to store," a Countdown spokesperson told Stuff.

In 2016, Countdown Ponsonby suffered from limited banana stocks after a boat carrying the fruit broke down off the coast of Ecuador.