Invercargill supermarket pulled vanilla extract products off shelf due to theft
An Invercargill supermarket pulled vanilla extract products from its shelves this week after an incident of theft where a person had targeted it because of its high alcohol content.
Countdown general manager for corporate affairs James Walker said the Tay St store temporarily removed vanilla extract from its shelves while it managed an isolated shoplifting issue.
The product had since been returned back to the shelves, Walker said.
A notice on the shelf in the supermarket on Tuesday night, advised customers that "due to a sudden increase in theft. [sic] Vanilla Essence will be located at Customer Services".
A 125ml bottle of Hansells natural vanilla essence, which contains extract and the supermarket stocks, has a 35 per cent alcohol content.
No alcohol is sold in Invercargill supermarkets because of the regulations by the Invercargill Licensing Trust.
A police spokeswoman said police had received no reports of vanilla essence extract theft but encouraged any reports of theft to be reported to police.