Stop what you’re doing, because something terrible is spreading across Europe. And no, I’m not talking about people dying of boredom from endless Brexit news conferences. I’m talking about the #saladcrisis.
In supermarkets across Britain and beyond, people are beginning to notice that lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers and celery have been strangely lacking from the shelves. Why? Well, Spain normally supplies half the vegetables for the European market during the winter months, but unseasonably cold weather has caused a halt in supply.
A spokesman from Tesco, one of the UK’s biggest supermarkets, said they were “experiencing some availability issues” due to the bad weather in Spain. He added: “[We] are working with our suppliers to resolve them as quickly as possible.”
Worried salad munchers across Europe have been sharing photos of bare supermarket shelves, using #lettucecrisis and #saladcrisis to make their voices heard. Rachel Chesters tweeted: “Sent hubby to buy salad. The vegetable crisis is real people.”
In Birmingham in the UK, the situation has gotten so severe that one man attempted to sell a box of 12 lettuces for £50 ($62.50) on classified ads site Gumtree.
London retail analyst Rob Gregory posted a photo on Twitter of empty boxes in a Tesco and a sign that read: “Due to continued weather problems in Spain, there is a shortage on Iceberg and other varied lettuce products. To protect the availability for all customers, we are limiting bulk purchases to three per person.”
Coos Hessing, of Hessing Super Fresh, said: “There have simply been too many cold days, and what’s most bizarre about this situation is that it has hit all of south-eastern Europe. We had seen this before, but you’d need to go back to 15 years ago.”
Lettuce romaine calm. At least now we can eat junk food all day and blame it on the salad crisis. How else are we going to get through the pain of having to forfeit our New Year’s salad-eating resolutions?