In the news this week, British supermarkets have been warning of the risk of empty shelves in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The exit from the European Union is scheduled to happen during the ‘Hungry Gap’ in UK produce, the point in the year when we are importing the most fresh fruit and veg from Europe as we await spring crops here in the UK.
There’s no denying we have concerns over this too; to meet expectations of a full and varied range of fruit and veg, bringing in fresh produce daily from Holland, France, Italy and Spain forms a core part of our offer.We’d like to reassure our customers that we are preparing ourselves with the necessary measures to continue trading with our suppliers on the continent. We’ve had some good conversations with like-minded coops and businesses, and we’ll work closely with them to ensure we operate with the least disruption possible.
There’s a chance we’ll have to streamline our offer for a while, and we’re sure to experience some delays on daily deliveries of fruit and veg. That said, we’re confident that we’re going to be able to continue doing what we do best; bringing the fresh, quality and affordable produce that our customers have come to expect.