Veg­etable short­age hits north­ern Europe due to bad weather in south

The Hamilton Spectator - - BUSINESS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

LON­DON — Europe is short of let­tuce, broc­coli and other veg­eta­bles due to bad weather, lead­ing some su­per­mar­kets in Bri­tain to start ra­tioning pro­duce.

A suc­ces­sion of droughts, floods and cold weather in south­ern Euro­pean coun­tries has hurt agri­cul­tural yields there, cre­at­ing a drop in sup­ply felt mainly by im­port­ing coun­tries to the north.

Stores in Bri­tain were ra­tioning Fri­day the num­ber of let­tuces shop­pers can buy, with some re­mov­ing ice­berg, sweet gem and ro­maine va­ri­eties from their on­line of­fer­ings. Sim­i­lar short­ages ear­lier af­fected cour­gettes (zuc­chini), broc­coli and cab­bage.

Shop­pers in Bri­tain shared im­ages of bare shelves un­der the hash­tags #let­tuce­cri­sis and #cour­get­te­cri­sis.

An­a­lyst Rob Gre­gory of Plan­etRe­tail posted a photo on Twit­ter of empty boxes in a Tesco su­per­mar­ket. It showed a sign read­ing: “Due to con­tin­ued weather prob­lems in Spain, there is a short­age on Ice­berg and other var­ied let­tuce prod­ucts. To pro­tect the avail­abil­ity for all cus­tomers, we are lim­it­ing bulk pur­chases to three per per­son.”

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