Supermarkets to airlift fruit and veg to UK to avoid stock shortages

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Grocery retailers and suppliers are planning to airlift fresh produce into the UK after Christmas in a bid to prevent stock shortages in stores.

Supermarket chains are concerned that the lifting of a French blockade that has left hundreds of lorries stranded outside Dover will not be enough to plug gaps in certain locations and product categories. 

One major grocer has already begun flying in produce from Spain and North Africa, according to The Guardian. Others are considering doing so in a bid to avert a potential supply crisis. 

Lufthansa planes flew 80 tonnes of fruit and vegetables, including lettuce, broccoli and citrus fruit, to Doncaster Sheffield Airport yesterday. The German airline is considering scheduling additional cargo flights to meet demand from the UK. 

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