The demand for Australian baby formula is showing no signs of abating.
A massive queue of shoppers waited outside a Chemist Warehouse in Hornsby, Sydney on Friday to get their hands on the tins.
It’s understood the store had a delivery and people flocked to buy it.
Shoppers have been slammed in recent months for buying bulk numbers of the baby formula to sell for a profit online to China, leaving local customers who need the baby formula without.
So enormous is the demand from China that Aptamil has increased its production of its formula by 50 per cent in the past three months.
Many major supermarkets have been forced to set a limit per customer, however crowds of Asian shoppers go through the checkout and return to buy more tins of the product.
Hannah Dixon filmed the moment a huge line of Asian shoppers waited to fill their baskets with tins of baby formula at a Coles store in Melbourne.
At least ten people were lined up eagerly filling their shopping baskets straight from a trolley stocked with the formula because the shelves were empty.
Several annoyed shoppers told Ms Dixon she wasn’t allowed to film them because she didn’t have their permission.
‘I understand, it’s just wrong,’ Ms Dixon said.
‘They’re just doing the rounds, they’re going through checkouts and coming back all over again.’
In December last year it was revealed that a nondescript warehouse on an industrial estate in Silverwater, in Sydney’s west, was packaging and indirectly shipping pallets of the formula to China – despite limits imposed by supermarkets on how much customers can buy off their shelves in Australia.
Tonnes of ‘white gold’ – from leading brands Aptamil and A2 – were among hundreds of tins found inside the warehouse.
Top Warehouse, the business behind the warehouse, said it did not ‘directly sell baby formula overseas’, claiming it was just a ‘middle-man’ and didn’t ask customers about where its products ended up.
But a former worker at the factory said huge shipments are sent to China ‘on a daily basis’.
The demand for Australian baby milk formula is high in China because it is believed to be of higher quality.