Supermarkets across Kent ration lettuce

Cornelia Mascio
Febbraio 4, 2017

Some supermarkets are rationing vegetables after bad weather hit crops across Europe.

Lettuce varieties such as iceberg, sweet gem and romaine had been limited to three per person and were no longer available for online sale.

Concerned shoppers have been sharing pictures on social media of bare supermarket shelves with the hashtags #lettucecrisis and #courgettecrisis.

The shortages add to the problems for United Kingdom supermarkets who are already facing inflationary pressures as a result of the weaker pound since Britons voted to leave the European Union past year.

Lidl said: "We're not experiencing any stock issues and as such, aren't limiting our customers to the quantity of vegetables they wish to purchase".

Several grocery chains in the United Kingdom are limiting the amount of lettuce customers can buy in a single visit due to vegetable shortages caused by cold winter weather in Spain and other southern European Union nations.

The challenge, he said, "is we are not the only people buying it".

A Morrisons spokesman said: "As a result of the fact that the Spanish harvest has been very hard this year, we have just about enough coming in to supply our customers".

The shortage has been caused by bad weather in Europe - specifically Spain - and has led to major United Kingdom supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons to take the extreme action of rationing vegetables such as lettuce and broccoli.

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"To make sure customers don't miss out, we are asking them to limit the number of iceberg lettuces they buy to three", said a spokesman.

The Spanish association of fruit and vegetable producers, FEPEX, said it expected the shortage of leafy vegetables grown outdoors, including lettuce and spinach, to continue until early April. Flooding there is largely to blame for the shortage of lettuce, with much of the damage coming in Murcia, a region that in recent years has accounted for as much as three-quarters of Spain's lettuce exports, according to the Telegraph.

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