Due to bad weather in Europe and Africa UK supermarkets are facing a growing shortage of tomatoes.
Tomato growers in Morocco have had unusually cold weather, flooding and heavy rain over the past few weeks along with ferries being cancelled which has caused a shortage.
It seems British supermarket shelves are devoid of fresh produce right now… unbelievable. On the left, a U.K. Tesco’s. On the right, my local market in my little village in Andalusia, where we suffer as part of the EU with no sovereignty or anything. #BrexitDisaster pic.twitter.com/nQtaTxDKRC
— Kev Moore (@KevMoore16) February 20, 2023
Spain who provides the winter source of tomatoes has also been affected by poor weather and this combined with Morocco and cancelled ferries has resulted in the volume of fruit on shelves across UK supermarkets.
Andrew Opie, director of food and sustainability at the British Retail Consortium, with represents UK supermarkets, said, “Difficult weather conditions in the south of Europe and northern Africa have disrupted harvest for some fruit and vegetables including tomatoes.
Tesco this morning
It still blows my mind that we’ve just accepted this is how things are from now on pic.twitter.com/BRDFIvFBKR
— Some Guy in Kent (@RandomKentGuy) February 9, 2023
“However, supermarkets are adept at managing supply chain issues and are working with farmers to ensure that customers are able to access a wide range of fresh produce.”