Analysis: Can grocers avoid empty shelves after Brexit?

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As Boris Johnson’s government continues to stick to its pledge to leave the EU with or without a deal on October 31, Retail Week looks at what grocers and suppliers are doing to avoid food shortages in the days and weeks after the Brexit deadline.

With the UK hurtling, inexorably it would seem, towards exiting the EU without a deal on October 31, the food and grocery sector is becoming increasingly concerned about the possibility of issues around availability of certain products. 

With the leak of government documents in The Sunday Times over the weekend, it would seem in particular that fresh produce aisles in supermarkets up and down the country will experience shortages in the days and weeks after a no-deal Brexit.

Retail Week looks at what grocers and their supply partners are trying to do in the short time left before Brexit day to mitigate shortages and what, if any, public messaging grocers will be putting out as the date approaches. 

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