Bad weather in Spain blamed as UK supermarkets ration vegetables

EMPTY: Bare shelves in Tesco store

FIRST it was the ‘courgette crisis’ but now other vegetables are being rationed by supermarkets in the UK following bad weather in Spain.

Lettuce, aubergines, brocolli and courgettes are all in short supply after wet, freezing condtions ruined many of the Spanish crops.

Frustrated shoppers have taken to sharing photographs of empty shelves on Twitter.

Sales are limited to three iceberg lettuces per customer in some branches of Tesco and Morrisons.

But Lidl have said: “We’re not experiencing any stock issues and as such, aren’t limiting our customers to the quantity of vegetables they wish to purchase.”

A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s said: “Severe weather has affected crops, but we are working with our suppliers to maintain supply for our customers.”

Some supermarket chains have begun to buy in lettuces from the to address the shortage.

Price rises are inevitable if the weather doesn’t improve soon with customers already complaining that the price of iceberg lettuces has almost tripled in recent weeks.

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