British Supermarkets, including Tesco and Morrisons, are rationing vegetables due to shortages caused by bad weather in the Mediterranean.
Rationed vegetables include iceberg lettuces, broccoli, aubergines, salad and celery, with warnings that shortages could continue till Spring.
Supermarkets have already started imposing limits on the number of vegetables customers can buy to deter bulk buying by independent cafes and restaurants. Higher prices are also being slapped on stock that is available because wholesalers are turning to the United States for their vegetables, which are considerably more expensive.
A combination of flooding, cold weather and lack of sunlight have affected crops in Italy and Spain; both countries are responsible for supplying up to 80% of Europe’s vegetables during the winter months. Parts of Spain have seen the heaviest rainfall in 30 years, leaving around three-quarters of its growing area unusable.