Food stores in the US and UK will be seeing a major surge in sales after the Federal Government imposed restrictions on imported French food.
Australian consumers are already feeling the pinch with prices rising more than 25 per cent since the start of the year.
But the country’s biggest supermarket chain, Aldi, says it expects more than 40 per cent of sales to be from imported French goods.
“We are seeing a massive rise in demand,” Mr Jevon Smith, Aldis chief executive, told the ABC.
“(The restrictions) have not really had a negative impact on the business in terms of our sales, and it’s been a huge boost in sales.”
The food retailer said the restrictions were partly due to the fact that there were no restrictions on the import of French wines and spirits.
Mr Smith said there were also concerns that some products, like the canned soup, could contain high levels of nitrates.
In a statement, the Government said it had “restored a level playing field” by lifting the ban on importing French foods.
Aldi says the ban will be lifted “in due course” after the end of the week.
ABC reporter John Martin in Melbourne contributed to this report.
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