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Snow in Spain leads to UK salad shortages

On top of the widespread disruption caused by Brexit and Covid, now even the weather seems to be conspiring against UK consumers and supermarkets. The supply of salad staples such as lettuce and tomatoes has been affected by Storm Filomena, the worst snowstorm to hit Spain in 50 years.

The bad weather has piled extra pressure on UK food retailers and suppliers at a time when they are trying to overcome the complex new post-Brexit border controls as well as coronavirus restrictions.

Tesco has reported some Brexit-related “teething problems” at the main Channel crossing, through which a tenth of the food consumed in the UK is transported. However, a shortage of some salad lines in its stores is down to the recent bad weather in Spain.

As explained on, in January, with British produce out of season, 90% of the lettuce UK consumers eat is imported. That figure is even higher – 95% – for tomatoes and soft fruit, with Spain the primary European producer.


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