Britain is not likely to run from essentials such as toilet paper in case of a no-deal Brexit, but some new vegetables and fruit might be in short supply and prices could grow, warned supermarket supervisors on Thursday.
The government has required that supermarkets prepare for a possibly chaotic no-deal Brexit from stockpiling food, but supermarket managers say it’s all but not possible to store new food for any amount of time and people may not find whatever they need on the shelves.
Steve Murrells, Chief Executive of this Co-op, stated that the company had procured additional storage area, but he anticipated shortages in some new food and following cost increases.
“We are extremely clear on where we believe inflation will probably come which is, in the main, fruit,” he explained.
“We’d be stockpiling the vital things that you would anticipate.
Murrells stated that fruit such as apples, pears, berries, and blueberries might need to be hauled more expensively through air cargo from the Southern hemisphere to prevent congested ports.
The access to vegetables in Britain can also be in danger because the European Union supplies some 86 percent of lettuces and 70 percent of berries, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).
“Clearly… from short-life fresh produce that is imported from Europe, which would be more challenging, if the stream of inventory is disrupted,” Rob Collins, the managing director of John Lewis’ supermarket team Waitrose, told reporters.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to take Britain from the European Union with or without a bargain on Oct. 31, also has stated he won’t request a delay despite lawmakers voting he attempts one to prevent a no-deal Brexit.
The”Operation Yellowhammer” report about the worst-case situation released by the authorities pointed to possible issues snarling up cross-Channel trade paths and interrupting supplies of food.
John Lewis chairman Charlie Mayfield reported the evaluation chimed with exactly what his department store and supermarket expected from a no-deal scenario.
“The book of this Yellowhammer files gives a little more insight, but honestly I do not think that it tells us anything especially new that we did not know,” Mayfield told reporters after cautioning that the effect of a no-deal Brexit may be”significant.”
Mayfield went on to mention that the ongoing uncertainty meant that consumer confidence had taken a battering, and John Lewis had been visiting a reluctance by customers to produce big-ticket buys in its department stores.
While supermarkets say they’re limited in what products they could stockpile, there could be some solace from the fact that the state so much, customers have shown little indication of panic-buying.