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‌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

Which supermarkets have restrictions and how many items can you buy

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
Co-op Awaiting response TBC
Lidl Cucumbers, peppers (loose and packs), tomatoes (loose and packs) 3
M&S Awaiting response TBC
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

Last updated: 28 February 2023.

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.

See our Supermarket shopping tips and our How to get free (or cheap) food guide for more help on how to cut the cost of your shopping and pick up food for less.

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