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UK grower firm confident that border disruptions will be manageable

According to Martin Tate, commercial director for Lincolnshire Field Products in Wykeham, his company does not foresee any stock issues in terms of locally produced products, such as cauliflowers and Brussels sprouts. It may be, however, that imported items may see slight delays and potential shortages.

Tate has been watching the situation closely and says that imported items have been arriving. "From a locally produced product point of view we don't expect or foresee any issues due to the borders being closed. Regarding imported vegetables, such as organic cauliflowers and broccoli and conventional broccoli, arrivals have still be coming through from Spain where drivers have taken a gamble as to whether or not they will get back, so we don't foresee any shortages during Christmas and for a few days beyond.”

"We have been told by Spanish hauliers that deliveries on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will not happen, as the lorries are currently stuck in the UK waiting to go back, but the information from the conversations between the UK and France suggests there will be an agreement soon and that freight should start to move tomorrow.

"This should mean that they will dispatch from Spain on December 26. Stock shouldn't be a problem if the lorries get moving again tomorrow and any shortages would be minor and nowhere near as bad as the media is stating at the moment."

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