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UK Supermarkets Begin Rationing Vegetables

Aldi and Tesco followed their fellow supermarkets, Asda and Morrisons, in placing limits on the amount customers can buy of some vegetables.

Budget supermarket Aldi confirmed the move in a statement released this afternoon, saying that “temporary” limits of three items were being placed on some produce. These products included peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes. 

Aldi restricted purchases of peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes to three units per person, in order to make sure that as many customers can purchase the items that they want. 

Tesco was the fourth supermarket to announce that it was placing customer limits on the amount of tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers purchased by them at three units per person.    

The UKs biggest supermarket chain said the move was taken as a precautionary measure. Morrisons announced that from today, it was placing two-per-item limits on four products, while Asda said Tuesday that it was restricting shoppers to three items in eight products. 

Asda said restrictions were imposed because it was experiencing “sourcing challenges” with products grown in Southern Spain and North Africa. Industry experts warned that the crisis could continue as late as April.

Andrew Opie, director of food & sustainability at trade body British Retail Consortium, said that it was likely to be an issue that would continue “for weeks.” 

Other supermarkets, including Sainsburys, Waitrose and Lidl, told Mirror Money today that they have no plans to impose buying limits on some products.

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