Cooper states that current costs have brought the much needed stability to food prices for both retailers and customers, as well as for the quality of their menus. The drop in berry prices has allowed Cooper and his team to offer a greater variety of choices.
"Our brewery muesli are really beautiful in the summer because we can use blackberries, blueberries and strawberries and stone fruit."  Current price trends have allowed the bar to add new dishes to the permanent menu that were previously only special because Cooper "has a little more confidence that prices will remain stable."
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Prices for berries, avocados and tomatoes remained in line with Sydney prices, he says – with strawberries and blueberries in major discounted supermarkets, and avocados two to four dollars – although Valens was shocked there was also a surplus of those.
"It's amazing that you can even have an avocado surplus, you'd think the Melbourne hipsters would take them all."
Matt Bungard is a journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald.  The most seen in business