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Tuesday 27 June 2017

Salad staples in short supply as rain in Spain devastates harvesting

Bad weather in Europe has hit vegetable supplies in Ireland
Bad weather in Europe has hit vegetable supplies in Ireland

Healthy eaters have been dealt a blow as severe weather across Europe has led to a reduced supply of lettuce in Ireland.

Supermarkets across the country are running low on the salad staple and other vegetables.

In Britain, shops including Tesco have had to limit the number of lettuce bought to three heads per customer.

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However, Tesco Ireland has not enforced the same measure and said this is a "European-wide issue".

A spokesperson for the company said it is "experiencing supply issues" with some fresh produce including spinach, lettuce, broccoli and courgette.

"This interruption to supply is due to adverse weather in Spain, which has affected harvests in the region and in turn impacted delivery to Ireland," the spokesperson added.

Despite not being as badly affected as other supermarkets, Lidl Ireland has been hit with a tomato supply problem.

"There are a few lines we have less availability on than we would like - certain types of tomatoes - but on the whole we are in a strong position to offer customers the products they want at the best possible price," a spokesperson said.

"We are not currently imposing any restrictions.

"We have been in constant contact with suppliers to work on getting as much product as possible. We are on average sitting at 97pc fulfilment."

A spokesperson for Aldi Ireland said it was also experiencing difficulties.

"Due to adverse weather conditions in mainland Europe, we are experiencing some short-term availability issues on a very small number of lines," the spokesperson said.

"We are working with our suppliers to resolve the issue as quickly as possible."

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However, they said the super- market was not being forced into limiting purchases for its customers.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for SuperValu said it was "relatively well stocked" and was not facing any restrictions.

"We're highlighting the potential supply issue in-store and will continue to monitor the situation closely," they said.

Supermarkets in Britain have been forced to look as far afield as the US - to meet demand.

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