UK pepper shortage: Supermarkets run out of peppers after cold snap in Spain
The supermarket said it was hoping to lift the cap in the next week or so because supplies were improving.
Waitrose has also been hit by supply problems. It said it was working hard with suppliers to get a full range back on shelves and expected stock levels to stabilise in the coming weeks as the UK moved into its growing season.
British supermarkets source peppers exclusively from Spain during the winter months.
Shoppers started seeing shortages of tomatoes on about February 20, with retailers saying a combination of bad weather and related transport issues in north Africa and Europe were causing significant supply problems.
The shortages spread to other products, leaving shelves bare of fresh produce items including cucumbers, peppers and lettuce.
Tesco, Aldi and Lidl limited purchases of peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers to three items per person, while Morrisons set a limit of two per customer on tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and peppers.
Production problems in Morocco, who have a larger finance deal with the EU, began in January with unusually cold night temperatures affecting tomato ripening.
Supplies from Britain’s other major winter source, Spain, were also badly affected by weather.
At the time, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) said shortages of some fruit and vegetables in UK supermarkets could be “the tip of the iceberg”.
Deputy president Tom Bradshaw said a reliance on imports had left the UK vulnerable to “shock weather events”.
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