Tesco selling dinky little avocados the size of eggs

Tesco's tiny avocados

It's the ultimate first world problem: what to do with what's left of your avocado after you've made your single piece of avocado toast.

Now, Tesco has the answer: tiny versions of the fruit that are sold by the half-dozen in egg boxes.

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Dubbed 'zilla eggs', the mini Hass avocados are about a third of the usual size - and 24 times smaller than the giant-sized Avozilla avocado which Tesco has sold in a limited number of stores in the last few years.

They weigh a tiny 70g each.

"They are perfect for customers who want to snack, without the usual fuss or worry of wasting the other half of the avocado," says Tesco buyer James Cantoni.

They also have a thinner skin than normal, meaning they can be peeled easily by hand and eaten as a snack. And, says Tesco, they are just as high quality and taste just as good as their full-sized cousins.

However, Tesco says there's another reason for stocking the miniature fruit: it helps producers, who previously tended to throw them away.

These particular avocadoes come from South Africa, where a hotter, drier summer has left many fruit undersized - and growers struggling to sell them.

"At Tesco we're passionate about working in partnership with our suppliers to tackle food waste from farm to fork," says Cantoni.

"These zilla eggs are a brilliant way to offer customers great tasting, high quality avocados, which previously would have been rejected by growers because of their size."

The company says that demand for avocadoes has risen by 30% over the last year - indeed, they're now even more popular than oranges. They are believed to have great health benefits, thanks to a high level of protein and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, and are claimed to help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.

However, there's been a global shortage, thanks to factors such as huge demand in China and a strike by Mexican growers.

Earlier this year, Morrisons made an effort to tackle the problem by selling 'wonky' versions with blemished skins for 39p, less than half the usual price.

Tesco's bought 1,500 cases of the mini avocados, and says they will be available in 100 stores until stocks run out, priced at £2 for a pack of six.

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Seven of the craziest supermarket glitches

One of the most popular glitches, was a wine deal at Tesco back in November 2012, where a series of offers clashed, leaving a bottle of £9.99 wine selling for £1.50.

The 'three wines for £10' deal apparently clashed with a '25% off when you buy six or more bottles' deal. The 25% was accidentally taken off the original price rather than the reduced one, leaving the wine at rock bottom prices. Deal-hunters cleared the shelves around the country.

Perhaps the most popular glitch from Tesco came in June 2011, when instead of taking £4 off the cost of a £20 case of beer, the supermarket accidentally started selling the cases for £4. The ensuring rush was nicknamed the 'beer stampede'.

Sadly not every supermarket pricing glitch comes with such a happy ending for consumers. In March last year the bargain-hunters thought their luck was in, when Tesco accidentally priced the new iPad at just £44.99 instead of around £650. Sadly it spotted the mistake before shipping the goods. The small print on its website meant it could refuse to sell at this price, and refund their customers instead.

In September 2012, Asda was responsible for one of the most expensive glitches. The Asda Price Guarantee offered vouchers to customers who could have got their shopping cheaper elsewhere.

However, when certain trigger products were in the basket, the supermarket massively under-priced the shopping at other supermarkets, and offered huge vouchers to shoppers. In many instances the vouchers came to roughly the same as the cost of the shopping.

In April, a mistake on their website resulted in Tesco selling 8 packs of Bulmers cider 568ml bottles for £5 - rather than a six pack for £8.

Deal-hunters snapped up the deal online, and had varying degrees of success. Some had their order delivered in full, others had six delivered for £5 - and were able to negotiate their way to another two, while others were offered six for £5 or their money back.

October last year saw one of the most famous glitches, when Tesco Terry's Chocolate Oranges were subject to two deals at the same time, and the price dropped from £2.75 to 29p. There were plenty of people getting chocolate oranges last Christmas.

A buy-one-get-one-free deal went awry at Tesco in March. People putting four tubs of I can't Believe It's Not Butter or Oykos yogurt packs into the trolley were only being charged for one.

Soon the online deal-hunting community was in action, with one person bagging 50 tubs of butter and 22 pots of yogurt for £8.79 - a saving of £133.89.


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