Asda, Morrisons and Tesco among supermarkets limiting fruit and veg sales – here's what you need to know
Major supermarkets including Asda and Tesco are currently imposing restrictions on certain fruit and vegetable purchases, including tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, due to supply shortages. In many cases you'll only be able to buy a limited number of each item. Below, we've compiled a list of which supermarkets have restrictions and what their rules are.
Supply shortages have been caused by difficult weather conditions in southern Europe and northern Africa, which have disrupted the harvest of some fruit and vegetables, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC). The disruption is expected to last until May.
If you're looking to cut the cost of your groceries, see our recent round-up of 10 handy supermarket shopping tips.
|Supermarket||Items restricted||Item limit per customer|
|Aldi||Cucumbers, peppers (loose and packs), tomatoes (loose and packs)||3|
|Asda||Cauliflower, cucumbers, broccoli, lettuce, peppers (loose and packs), raspberries, salad bags, tomatoes||3|
|Lidl||Cucumbers, peppers (loose and packs), tomatoes (loose and packs)||3|
|Morrisons||Cucumbers, lettuce, peppers (loose and packs), tomatoes (packs)||2|
|Sainsbury's||No restrictions currently in place
|Tesco||Cucumbers, peppers (packs and loose), tomatoes (packs and loose)||3|
|Waitrose||No restrictions currently in place||N/A|
How to cut food costs
There are so many ways you can cut the cost of your shopping, particularly spending on fruit and veg. Lidl and Sainsbury's, for example, are both offering deals on boxes of fruit and veg right now. Lidl is selling 5kg of fruit and veg for £1.50, while Sainsbury's has a 'Taste Me, Don’t Waste Me’ box of surplus fruit and veg for £2.
Apps, such as Olio, can also help you to save as they offer you the chance to pick up quality food for free - whether it's people giving up spare items from their cupboard or retailers offering surplus products.