22 Mar, 2010 @ 16:47
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Freak Spanish rainfall now costs UK groceries

THE freak winter rainfall has not only proved costly for Andalucia.

It has seen the price of Spanish fruit and vegetable exports to the UK rocket up, according to The Grocer magazine.

Favourites such as oranges are now 25 per cent more expensive, avocados are up 17 per cent and cauliflowers are now 12 per cent more dear.

“They have had four times the rainfall of an average year in the last two months alone.”

Downpours on a never-seen-before scale have wiped out large amounts of crops in the region, reducing supply and pushing up prices.

It is feared that up to one third of Andalucian citrus crops have been destroyed.

The supply of strawberries, raspberries, lettuce and spinach among other crops has also been seriously cut.

One UK supplier told the magazine: “They have had four times the rainfall of an average year in the last two months alone.

“And with the effect of poor exchange rates and the increased cost of shipping, it has really pushed up prices.”

The UK imports more than 25 billion euros of Spanish fruit and vegetable every year.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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  1. Can someone tell me where to find a fruit and veg stall like the one used in the photo? This wasn’t in Spain I can tell you, lol. Mushrooms here come pre-packed in soil.

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