Can you remember the first time you saw a banana or melon?
A few months ago, that was the case, but it’s no longer the case.
Canada Customs have been testing a new fruit-picking technique that allows them to increase the price of fruits by about 40 per cent.
“We’re seeing a lot of the fruits are being priced way up, so we’re going to start ramping it up,” said Brian Trew, the department’s lead fruit and nut processor.
“So if you’re looking at a bag of bananas and they’re going up by 40 per to 50 per cent, we’re not going to do anything about that.”
Canada’s fruit prices are set by the federal government, so its government-run fruit-cutting process is the biggest price-gouging scheme in the world.
The fruit is sliced and cut into small pieces and then placed in bins.
A single bag of the fruit costs $1.50, while a bundle of 20 bags costs $4.50.
The federal government then sells those bins for about $5 each, and the remaining $5 goes to the provinces.
It has also been using this system to increase prices on strawberries, mangoes, and other produce.
But when the fruit price goes too high, the price hikes can result in fruit that’s still worth a few cents.
This has led to some problems with the fruit, with people being surprised to see the fruit prices go up.
“People have been buying it and thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve got to have a few more bags,”‘ said Trew.
“I don’t think it’s that it’s going to happen all at once, it’s more like it’s happening more slowly.”
But Trew said the government is not looking at increasing the price on fruit at the moment.
Instead, he said he is looking at adjusting the process.
For example, if the fruit is being cut into large chunks and then sold as a single bag, the government could increase the prices to $1 per bag.
But if the price goes down, the change could be a more gradual increase.
But for now, Trew says he is just looking to adjust the pricing on produce as a whole, rather than a specific type of fruit.
“It’s a process that’s been going on for a while,” he said.
“There’s a lot that’s being tested, so hopefully we’ll see it come together.”
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