No-deal Brexit ‘will hit fresh food supplies’, Sainsbury’s chief warns

Supplies of fresh food could be hit by a no-deal Brexit, a grocery store boss has advised Sky News.

While the UK is “not going to starve as a nation”, Sainsbury’s chief government Mike Coupe warned on a regular basis gadgets that folks take with no consideration might be impacted within the occasion of Britain leaving the EU with out an settlement.

Speaking on Sky’s Ian King Live present, Mr Coupe additionally criticised the Brexit deadline of 31 October, mentioning it got here after the UK rising season had completed and within the run as much as Christmas because the grocery store chain’s distribution centres are “already creaking at the seams”.

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Image: In a worst case state of affairs, drawn up by the federal government, fresh provides will probably be decreased

Mr Coupe’s feedback echo these of Co-op boss Steve Murrells, who advised Sky News {that a} no-deal would go away “gaps on the shelves”.

The warnings come after an ‘Operation Yellowhammer’ authorities doc trying on the worst case state of affairs of a no-deal Brexit warned some fresh provides could be decreased.

It additionally stated “critical dependencies for the food chain” equivalent to key elements “may be in shorter supply”.

These components wouldn’t result in total food shortages “but will reduce the availability and choice of products and will increase price, which could impact vulnerable groups”, it siad.

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Asked concerning the influence of a no-deal Brexit, Mr Coupe advised Sky’s enterprise presenter Ian King: “It would undoubtedly disrupt our provide chains, significantly the fresh food provide chains.

“The time of yr makes that even much less useful as a result of we’ve got moved from the UK rising season into the rising season in southern Europe.

“Of course within the run as much as Christmas should you had been selecting a date, 31 October is not significantly useful as a result of our distribution centres are already creaking on the seams.

“Whilst there are many issues that we are able to do and can do to mitigate the potential impacts there are lots of issues we do not learn about and there will probably be knock on results.

“We are not going to starve as a nation, that’s for sure, but things that people take for granted, everyday items, potentially will be impacted by a no-deal Brexit.”

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He added: “Take a two-day delay at ports, which is among the issues lined within the Yellowhammer experiences, lots of the merchandise that we promote in our enterprise solely have two days life by the point they get into our shops.

“So clearly if there is a two-day delay that may create disruption within the provide chain.

“Whilst we are going to do every thing we are able to to mitigate the dangers and will probably be doing, there’s a restrict to what you’ll be able to plan for.

“It will undoubtedly have a knock on influence in a number of the fresh food provide chains that we function.”

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