Supermarkets are rationing vegetables after bad weather hit crops across Europe. Lettuce, broccoli, butternut squash, aubergines and courgettes have been particularly affected by the shortage. Frustrated customers have shared photographs of empty supermarket shelves on Twitter. Meanwhile, some online shoppers have been told iceberg, romaine and sweet gem varieties of lettuce are completely out of stock.
As a result of the fact that the Spanish harvest has been very difficult this year, we have just about enough coming in to supply our customers.
Some Tesco and Morrisons branches are limiting sales of iceberg lettuces to three per customer because of “continued weather problems in Spain”. The vast majority of the UK’s vegetables come from the city of Murcia in southeastern Spain during the winter months.