Tesco store rations vegetables in national shortage
Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco supermarket has begun rationing the number
of iceberg lettuce, spinach and broccoli that customers can buy
as problems in southern Europe cause a shortage across the UK.
The Burnham store in Ben Travers Way is rationing the number of
Iceberg lettuces that each customer can purchase, as pictured above,
and racks at the store were visibly lacking stock on Friday, shown
An extreme mix of drought followed by flooding and freezing conditions
has severely affected growers in southern Spain, while poor conditions
have also hit farmers in Italy, Greece and Turkey.
A notice in Burnham's Tesco stores reads: "Due to continued
weather problems in Spain there is a shortage on iceberg lettuce.
To protect the availability to all our customers, we are limiting
bulk purchases to 3 per person. We apologise for any inconvenience
A Tesco spokesperson added: 'Due to bad weather conditions in Spain,
we are experiencing a few availability issues, but are working with
our suppliers to resolve them as quickly as possible.'
Experts have warned that if the weather does not improve in the
coming weeks the problem may continue until April, with customers
also hit by price rises.
Asda in Highbridge also apologised to customers that some of its
stocks of certain vegetables were low because of the extreme weather.