Where's The Veg?
There’s a nationwide shortage of fruit and vegetables on supermarket shelves. The scarcity of produce like tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers are even prompting some UK supermarkets to limit sales of certain items.
Why is this happening? The reasons are as complex as they are wide-ranging: supply chain issues, unusual weather, soaring energy bills, the cost of living crisis, Brexit, and labour shortages.
Different groups are calling out different factors. Some are pointing to rising energy costs, with growers unable to afford to heat their glasshouses. Others are pointing to post-Brexit woes, compounded by “difficult weather conditions” – such as unseasonably warm and cold climates in countries like Morocco and Spain, which supply significant numbers of fresh produce during the UK wintertime.