Shoppers the United Kingdom (U.K.) are having to hunt to find supplies fruit and vegetables. Britain's major supermarkets are rationing produce cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes shortages from suppliers. The big chains have cited various reasons the shortfall in supply that has left shelves bare in green-grocery aisles. Britain's biggest supermarket chain, Tesco, has limited purchases certain vegetables to three customer. Tesco attributed its shortages to adverse weather overseas. In particular, it said a drought Morocco had led to poor yields. Tesco assured customers it was working day and night to "get things back normal".
Other factors are being blamed the rationing. Britain's farmers' union said higher energy costs meant it was no longer financially viable many growers to operate. It also said a tomato disease has wiped a lot of crops northern Europe. Industry analyst James Walton said Brexit has played a part distribution problems. He said: "The EU accounts much of the UK's import volume. If there are shortfalls production in the EU, then it makes sense for EU producers to serve their local demand first. This leaves less available export to the U.K." Many shoppers are perplexed seeing photos on social media of supermarket shelves across Europe, and in war-torn Ukraine, laden fresh produce.