UK retailers warned on Monday that supplies of fresh produce such as lettuce, cauliflowers, broccoli, and citrus fruit could run low in the coming days if UK travel ban continues. Supermarkets also urged shoppers to avoid panic buying before Christmas.
Retailers including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, and Marks and Spencer said that they were well-stocked ahead of Christmas.
UK’s second-biggest grocery chain Sainsbury’s added that ”if nothing changes, we will start to see some gaps in some stores over the coming days on lettuce, some salad leaves, cauliflowers, broccoli and citrus fruit — all of which are imported from the continent at this time of year”.
”All products for the Great British Christmas lunch are already in the country and we have plenty of these,” Sainsbury’s said.
”We are also sourcing everything we can from the UK and looking into alternative transport for product sourced from Europe.”
The company added: ”We hope the UK and French governments can come to a mutually agreeable solution that prioritises the immediate passage of produce and any other food at the ports.”
Tesco said that there was ”plenty of food for Christmas available in stores and [we] would encourage all customers to shop as normal”. But if ”the current disruption continues then there may be reduced supply on a few fresh items, such as lettuce, cauliflower and citrus fruit later this week”, it added.
(With Agency Inputs)