The core British lines (At the time of the transition) of cabbage, potatoes and other greens are also ‘safe’ from any availability issues. Therefore; it is those products that are either grown in the key European growing regions of Southern Spain and Holland or those that transit through the large international markets such as Runges in France, and then enter the UK via road freight at one of the UK Ports that are at risk of none supply. Those products are likely to be mainly salad items such as Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Peppers and Lettuces. There will be some fruit coming from Southern Spain such as Grapes and occasionally Italian apples.
The caveat to any concerns of non-supply is that most of our suppliers purchase from multiple sources within the UK including New Covent Garden Market, one of the biggest Fresh Produce Markets in the world. The Market will continue to offer multiple varieties of product, from a wide range of traders and importers, giving maximum choice. In Addition to New Covent Garden, suppliers will be procuring from Dover, Southampton, and Bristol to ensure supply. If not already, we are suggesting all customers move to a policy of Order Day 1 for Delivery Day 3, to ensure our suppliers know our requirements in advance. It is suggested that this is reminded to all chefs, so suppliers continue to have the maximum period to source sufficient product.
The majority if now all milk and cream is processed in the UK from UK farms it is unaffected from an availability view but pricing is extremely volatile with farmers looking to recover costs rapidly.
Our butchery partners have the option of freezing down meat if required, however at this time many do not believe in the need and are committed to continue to offer a fresh product throughout the transition.