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Lidl to lift fruit and veg rationing on Monday

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Lidl will lift the limits placed on shoppers buying fruit and vegetables on Monday – two weeks after the rationing was introduced.

The budget grocer began limiting purchases of peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers to three of each item at the end of February.

But it confirmed that all restrictions will be lifted on Monday 13 March as its fruit and vegetable availability has remained strong, despite an increase in demand by shoppers.

Lidl become the fifth supermarket to introduce food rationing on certain salad items following supply shortages.

It followed in the footsteps of Morrisons and Asda, and later Tesco and Aldi also began limiting the number of fruit and vegetables that customers were able to buy.

The supermarkets have all said that limits have been introduced to make sure products don’t sell out, including on lettuce, broccoli and raspberries.

Poor weather conditions in Spain and Morocco, high energy prices and Brexit have all been blamed on the shortages. The UK imports around 95% of its tomatoes and 90% of its lettuces in the winter, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Soaring energy costs have also been blamed for many farmers scaling back their crop production in the last year.

The Environment Secretary, Therese Coffey, said shoppers could see rationing over a month. But growers argued that shortages could last until May. They have also blamed low costs paid by supermarkets for the current problem.

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