As bad weather led to reported record-low yields in the UK, Christmas vegetable staples such as potatoes and parsnips could be in short supply this year. Storms and heavy rainfall over the summer and autumn have led to 4.1 million tons of spuds being produced. This would make it the lowest ever produced.
The UK had one of its wettest-ever Julys and then a rainy August followed by its joint warmest September before a wet October. This has hit the British potato harvest hard. Experts have said that chip production will not suffer as a result as potatoes for fries are grown in Belgium but Brussels sprouts (which, confusingly, are not grown in Belgium!) could be smaller in size. Also, cauliflower is still a problem, and consumers might see empty trays over the next few weeks.