One of France's largest supermarket chains, the Carrefour group, has stated that there will be no strawberries on its shelves in January. According to the company's Fresh and Traditional Products Manager, Yoann Alarçon, this is because of the environmental impact of shipping out-of-season fruit from North Africa, coupled with a somewhat lacklustre taste of some hothouse strawberries.
In his tweet announcing the new policy he lists three reasons for the ban: "They are not in season, they are terribly tasteless, we have delicious citrus fruits, French kiwis and crunchy apples." Strawberries will return in mid-February once the first Spanish strawberries are ripe, followed by French strawberries in the spring.
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