Due to shortages, supermarkets in the UK are limiting the amount of produce that customers can purchase.
Unfavourable weather has interrupted supply chains, leaving shelves bare. But, experts anticipate that these problems will pass quickly, so there is no cause for concern.
During the past three to four weeks, growers and suppliers in Morocco have had to deal with severe weather, intense rain, flooding, and cancelled ferries, all of which have had an impact on the amount of fruit reaching the UK.
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Weather has also had a significant impact on Spain, Britain’s second important winter source.
Morocco experienced production issues in January due to extremely chilly nighttime temperatures that hindered tomato ripening. Problems were made worse by ferry cancellations brought on by inclement weather, which impacted lorry deliveries.
Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, salad bags, broccoli, cauliflower, and raspberries are now restricted to three per customer by Asda.
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An Asda spokesperson told LADbible: “Like other supermarkets, we are experiencing sourcing challenges on some products that are grown in southern Spain and north Africa.
“We have introduced a temporary limit of three of each product on a very small number of fruit and vegetable lines, so customers can pick up the products they are looking for.”
Morrisons, meanwhile, will start by imposing a limit of two items per person for tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, and peppers (Wednesday 22 February).
Customers have shared pictures of empty shelves at Tesco on social media as a result of supply problems with tomatoes and peppers. The supermarket, on the other hand, has no restrictions, and since deliveries arrive at regular intervals across the nation, shortages in some locations do not always represent overall supply. Purchase restrictions for fruits and vegetables are likewise absent at Sainsbury’s.
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The British Retail Consortium’s Andrew Opie, Director of Food & Sustainability, stated: “Difficult weather conditions in the South of Europe and Northern Africa have disrupted harvest for some fruit and vegetables including tomatoes and peppers.
“While disruption is expected to last a few weeks, supermarkets are adept at managing supply chain issues and are working with farmers to ensure that customers are able to access a wide range of fresh produce.”