Strikes in Spain cause fruit and veg shortages in UK

A combination of striking Spanish hauliers and a series of other supply chain disruptions has contributed to shortages of some key fruit & veg products in the UK. A number of fresh fruit & veg SKUs – including salads and soft fruits – have been out of stock for more than two days this week.

Spain is a key supplier of fresh produce to the UK in winter. It has been rocked by industrial action from lorry drivers over the past two weeks due to rising fuel costs, leading to big delays to the transportation of produce. The impact of the strikes has been exacerbated by poor weather in Spain and North Africa, issues with paperwork and the impact of global container shortages, industry insiders have suggested.

Jonathan Olins, MD of importer Poupart, said the soft fruit specialist had seen “a three-day shortage of transport” last week. “And after that there were issues getting things from farms to packing.”


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