SPANISH food is replacing Italian cuisine in the hearts and mouths of the British consumer.
The UK’s biggest supermarkets have announced that typical Iberian delicacies such as paella, tapas and chorizo are becoming increasingly popular, with shoppers now regularly choosing them over their Italian equivalents.
Tesco confirmed that it was now selling two tons of Spanish chorizo every week, compared with just 0.4 tons of Parma ham.
The UK’s biggest supermarket also announced that Spanish omelette or ‘tortilla’ has recently become its best selling line on the deli counter.
Sales have gone up by a staggering 16 per cent since a year ago.
Marks & Spencer meanwhile revealed chorizo was flying off the shelves as quickly as salami.
And paella, the rice dish most associated with Spanish cooking, is also becoming a firm favourite, outselling Italian risotto by two to one at Asda.
“It’s taken the best part of 50 years but our love of Spain has finally manifested itself in tapas becoming the fastest growing new cuisine in Britain,” said Alison Stokes, at Tesco.