Vegetable shortage crops up in stores

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West Norfolk shoppers have been reassured that there is plenty of produce to go around, following a national shortage of lettuce and broccoli.

Some supermarkets have had to impose limits on the number of Iceberg lettuces and broccoli that customers can buy, after bad weather in Spain affected crops.

In order to stop bulk buying, a limit of three lettuces per person is in place at Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s.

However, Anthony Seekings, who has run his fruit and vegetable stall in King’s Lynn for the last 30 years, has been able to source Icebergs and  reassured customers that with the Dutch growing season about to begin they would soon be more readily available again.

Mr Seekings confirmed that courgettes, broccoli and tomatoes had also been affected, but said there were always suppliers available.

He said: “There will be shortages of everything at some stage as the world’s population grows, but our suppliers look after us and we are still finding most things are available.”

Over at Knights’ Hill farm shop they have been unable to source any Iceberg lettuces, but instead have increased stocks of baby leaf grown in the EU.

Richard Bass, of Knights’ Hill farm shop, said: “We still try to source our produce as locally as we can. We have cabbages and sprouts from Lincolnshire, curly kale from Lancashire and leeks from the Boston area.”

A spokesman for Morrisons said: “Our availability of broccoli and Iceberg lettuce is good. However, other businesses are experiencing shortages and we have seen bulk buying in some of our stores. We have therefore had a cap on sales of broccoli and Iceberg lettuce to ensure we maintain good supplies for our regular customers. As you can imagine, most customers don’t buy more than three broccoli at a time.”

Tesco and Sainsbury’s confirmed they were limiting sales of lettuces to three per person for a limited time.