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US NewsNo-deal Brexit: Supermarkets prepare for looting and riots amid fears of food shortages

17:30  01 march  2019
17:30  01 march  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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UK supermarkets are bracing themselves for looting and riots as a result of food shortages following a no-deal Brexit.

Retailers are taking 'extraordinary measures' to prepare for the chaos they fear could ensue due to disruption in the UK's food supply, according to a report from the consumer insights group Kantar Worldpanel.

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Some stores are even working with local police forces to establish plans on how to deal with the violent protests they believe could erupt.

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A 'significant percentage' of the food purchased by UK consumers is at risk of disruption in a no-deal Brexit scenario, Fraser McKevitt, the firm's head of retail and consumer insight and co-author of the report, warned.

Nearly two thirds (62 per cent) of all fresh food is imported to the UK, primarily from the EU, the report states.

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Almost half (46 per cent) of imported fresh food arrives in Britain from Spain, while close to one quarter (22 per cent) comes from the Netherlands.

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Tonnes of food comes across the Channel every day. A sudden no deal Brexit could see the ports mired in delays or even shut until new customs procedures are established. But supermarkets warned their supply chains are 'fragile' and need smooth trade. With fears rising over a sudden hard Brexit from the EU in March, both Prime Minister Theresa be let's prepare for every eventuality.'

Overall, 50 per cent of all food consumed in Britain is imported, with 32 per cent arriving from the EU.

Supermarkets 'working with police'

Grocers are going to extreme lengths to prepare for a no-deal Brexit, including stockpiling non-perishable goods, lowering their quality standards and beefing up security to protect supply chains, stores and staff, the report reveals.

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'Retailers are implementing new security measures and working with local police forces on additional protection should protests, looting or rioting erupt that would compromise the safety of the retailer's goods or the safety of its workers and supply chain partners,' it states.

Stockpiling

Standards regarding the appearance of fresh produce have been lowered, with grocers rejecting fewer items based on 'wonky' sizes and shapes. They are also testing longer-lasting varieties of fruit and vegetables.

The report also noted that shoppers are showing signs of 'recessionary behaviour' among consumers.

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One in 10 shoppers had created a 'stockpile' of groceries by early February and a further 25 per cent were considering it. The stockpiling rate was twice as high among those preferring to remain in the EU as those who wanted to leave.

'Significant risks'

In January the British Retail Consortium wrote a letter, signed by the chief executives of chains including Sainsbury's, Asda and M&S, urging the Government to take a no-deal Brexit off the table.

"We are extremely concerned that our customers will be among the first to experience the realities of a no-deal Brexit," the letter stated.

"We anticipate significant risks to maintaining the choice, quality and durability of food that our customers have come to expect in our stores, and there will be inevitable pressure on food prices from higher transport costs, currency devaluation and tariffs."

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