Major food shortages have hit the UK since September.

Faced with this situation, certain supermarkets such as Tesco or Sainsbury's have found the solution.

The supermarket chains have indeed placed images of cardboard fruits and vegetables on empty shelves, reports the


relayed by



Many Internet users have shared images of stalls decorated in this way across the country on social networks.

I love that asparagus grows to this size in the UK.

It's our climate, I'm sure.

- BEAndre # 3Point5πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡΅πŸ‡±πŸ‡΅πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡¬πŸ‡·πŸ‡»πŸ‡³πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ•· (@B_E_Andre) October 20, 2021

Yum tasty cardboard carrots.

Fakenham Tesco last week.

- Piers Richings (@Piers_Richings) October 20, 2021

Stores "simply too big"

This food shortage is the direct consequence of a lack of manpower among truck drivers, caused both by the Covid-19 pandemic and by Brexit.

β€œSince [its] entry into force, companies no longer have the possibility of recruiting EU employees in low-skilled sectors,” analyzes economist Catherine Mathieu in

Les Γ‰chos


For some experts, this shortage is not only the result of supply concerns.

"It has become quite commonplace," said Bryan Roberts, sales specialist at Shopfloor Insights, quoted by



β€œIt's not just because of the shortages, but because a lot of department stores are now just too big.


Yep .... that's our local Co-op .... Chocolates in the vegetable section too πŸ™„πŸ™„

- Heather Penny πŸ’™πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί (@ reelofthe51st) October 12, 2021

On social networks, this situation has provoked many jokes from Internet users.

The British had already reacted in September after noticing that several supermarkets had filled fruit and vegetable stalls with sauces or even bags of candies and chocolates.


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