Vegetable shortages are causing disruption in Teesside as shoppers continue to find empty shelves in supermarkets.

In recent weeks, supermarkets across the UK have been affected by shortages of a number of vegetables and fruit, mainly tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and even lettuce and cabbage in some chains.

This is due to supply chain disruptions caused by adverse weather conditions in countries like Morocco and Spain, which have been dealing with cold temperatures, heavy rain and flooding for the past three to four weeks. The ferries carrying these groceries have further hit supplies in the UK after bad weather led to cancellations.

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Environment Secretary Therese Coffey even suggested that people should eat turnips instead, adding that reduced supplies could last another “two to four weeks”.

Teesside Live took a tour of some Teesside shops on Thursday afternoon. This is what we found.


Aldi’s nationwide have capsicums, cucumbers and tomatoes limited to three per customer. Cucumbers were out of stock at the Newport Road branch in Middlesbrough. While the store had very few cherry tomatoes, there were a few boxes of larger ripe tomatoes.


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