Canadian grocery chain's unusual avocado packaging sparks outrage

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Sobeys Is Selling Avocado Halves and It's Blowing People's Minds

When it comes to fresh produce, nothing says "right out of the garden" quite like pre-halved and packaged avocados in the opinion of one popular Canadian grocery chain.

Sobeys, the store behind the conceptual nightmare, has been getting a lot of flak this week after a photo of the bizarre presentation hit the web.

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Brought to the company's attention by user Christine Kizik, the photo of the sad-looking display has been shared over 500 times and is littered with comments from customers upset with the grocer's lack of consideration of waste.

Surprised and disappointed after a friend posted a picture of an avocado for sale at his local Sobeys in Thornhill, ON....

Posted by Christine Kizik on Friday, March 11, 2016

Complaining that they've "been precut, then wrapped in plastic and cardboard," Kizik brings up that the "avocado's have their own perfect, compostable, wrapping," deeming their mark-up unnecessary.

In response to Kizik's image, Sobeys defended their decision to "dummy-proof" the produce, explaining that they were merely taking the "guess work" out for people who "are not familiar with peeling and seeding a fresh avocado."

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This isn't the first time that a food megastore has received complaints from shoppers over poor environmental decision. Recently, Whole Foods dealt with a similar issue when images of pre-peeled oranges in plastic containers made their way online.

The company took a different route when presented with the outrage, however -- making the wise call to remove the product from its shelves and opting to keep oranges in their "natural packaging."

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