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The remaining chairman of Ocado warns that there will be "short-term" food shortages in the UK


The remaining Ocado chairman warns that additional Brexit costs will be passed on to customers and that Britain will experience "short-term" food shortages due to new customs regulations

  • Lord Rose, chairman of Ocado, said tariff rules to see "some" food shortages
  • He claimed consumers were struggling with Brexit-related customs regulations
  • Comments come when Twitter users share photos of empty supermarket shelves

The Ocado chairman has warned that difficulties caused by the introduction of new customs regulations in connection with Brexit will mean "some short-term" food shortages.

Lord Rose, chairman of supermarket delivery company Ocado, said the troubles traders faced due to the new rules would likely be passed on to consumers.

The former head of the Remain campaign told BBC Radio 4 & # 39; s Today: “You can't disrupt a finely honed 50 year old supply chain and expect everything to run smoothly the first day.

Lord Rose, chairman of supermarket delivery company Ocado, said the troubles traders faced due to the new rules would likely be passed on to consumers

“The problem with hauliers and shippers not wanting to send their trucks here is that they worry about their trucks getting stuck and worry about lost profits, which means that the cost is passed on to the consumer will.

“You will see some short term bottlenecks, but let's be clear, there will be no famine.

“Groceries will continue to perish, even though 50 to 80 percent of our fruits and vegetables come from Europe and beyond this time of year, and much of it goes into trucks via Dover.

Kevin Rampling tweeted a photo of empty shelves at Sainsbury's on Sydney Street in Cambridge

Kevin Rampling tweeted a photo of empty shelves at Sainsbury's on Sydney Street in Cambridge

Kevin Rampling from Cambridge tweeted, “Sainsburys, Sydney Street, Cambridge. No shipments from wholesalers apparently? Is it all starting to fall apart? & # 39;

Kevin Rampling from Cambridge tweeted, “Sainsburys, Sydney Street, Cambridge. No shipments from wholesalers apparently? Is it all starting to fall apart? & # 39;

“We're talking about fresh products that are perishable.

"If it doesn't come out within 24 hours, it will go out, it will rot, it will be thrown away – that's lost profit, that's a real problem for businesses both ways."

The comments come as social media users across the country complained that the shelves for fresh produce were out of stock.

Kevin Rampling from Cambridge tweeted, “Sainsburys, Sydney Street, Cambridge. No shipments from wholesalers apparently? Is it all starting to fall apart? & # 39;

Brendan from Belfast tweeted, “No shrimp in Sainsburys. That's it. I am now against Brexit. "

Brendan from Belfast tweeted, “No shrimp in Sainsburys. That's it. I am now against Brexit. & # 39;

John Brennan shared a picture of empty shelves in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

John Brennan shared a picture of empty shelves in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Helen Cathcart also shared a picture of empty Tesco shelves in Antrim, Northern Ireland

Helen Cathcart also shared a picture of empty Tesco shelves in Antrim, Northern Ireland

Sarah replied with a picture of empty shelves in another Sainsbury, adding, "The same in Barnet, North London."

While another user named Bryan tweeted, "One of two Sainsbury's in Luton tonight … the entire fruit and vegetable aisle is almost empty."

Brendan from Belfast tweeted, “No shrimp in Sainsburys. That's it. I am now against Brexit. & # 39;

A spokesman for Sainsbury & # 39; s said the delivery problem in some branches had nothing to do with Brexit: “Due to an operational problem in one of our depots, the delivery of fruit and vegetables to some branches was delayed.

"The stores are now receiving deliveries again and customers can count on good availability."

A Tesco spokesperson said: “We have a good range of products coming to Northern Ireland.

"There was a short delay on certain products, but we're working with suppliers to get them back on the shelves as soon as possible and to guide customers to alternatives where we can."

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