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Dublin fruit wholesaler:

‘Beast from the East could cause kiwi shortage later this year’

According to Dublin fruit wholesaler Justin Leonard -of Jackie Leonard & Sons- it's too early to tell if Ireland can expect fruit and vegetable shortages because of the recent cold snap. While food transports were hit by the Beast from the East last week, effects on the longer-term supplies of fruit and veg won't be seen for weeks, but he tells kiwi fans to start stocking up now.

"There's been no shortage of supplies yet, but because it’s Mother Nature, we won't know whether there’s been any damage to crops for maybe two or three weeks.”

According to an article on, Leonard said that as snow and ice melts this week, growers will have a chance to see what did or didn’t grow. But certain products which come into season later this year may already have been affected.

However, he predicts that if weather conditions continue as normal, there should be no repeat of trends last year, when supermarkets were hit with shortages of spinach, broccoli, peppers, cucumbers and lettuce.

"Luckily this year we didn’t get that. Even though Ireland was badly hit, the bad weather only lasted two days on the continent, and it went as quick as it arrived.”

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