Cost of carrots up 75%

01/08/2018 - 07:00
More bad news for the hospitality industry this week, as new data reveals that the cost of carrots and other vegetables are expected to rise by up to 75%.

According to purchasing company Beacon, hot temperatures in the UK have caused carrots to shrink in size and reduce in quantity, which have resulted in an ‘expected’ price increase of up to 75%.

Other vegetables to be affected include: parsnips, broccoli, cauliflower and iceberg lettuce.

The news comes from the company’s supplier, Ribble Farm, and follows reports that the cost of fruit is up 5.2% month-on-month, earlier this week.

Beacon managing director, Paul Connelly, commented: “While people across the country are making the most of the glorious sunshine, operators are struggling to get hold of high quality vegetables, including carrots and parsnips.

“Although this may have a limited impact in the short term, we’ll naturally see increased seasonal demand for these items as we move into autumn and winter, which will have an effect.

“We’re working closely with our suppliers to offer cost-effective solutions to help mitigate these price rises and stock shortages, particularly ahead of the busy Christmas season, which is already front of mind for many in the hospitality industry.”

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