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Brexit chaos leads to short supplies at Costa's British shops

The Food Co. supermarket which opened in Mijas in November.
The Food Co. supermarket which opened in Mijas in November. / SUR
  • The Food Co. and Overseas Supermercados, which supply Tesco and Iceland products, as well as Russell's in Torrox Costa, have reported problems

Supermarkets selling British products in the province have been reporting problems with deliveries since 1 January, the day after the Brexit deal agreed on Christmas Eve came into force and the end of the transition period.

The Food Co. and Overseas Supermercados, which supply Tesco and Iceland products on the Costa del Sol, apologised to customers via their Facebook pages about the lack of fresh products.

On Wednesday they both posted that they had "been working around the clock over the last few months to prepare for post-Brexit life". However, "this has come with its own set of challenges, many of which were only disclosed in the days leading up to January 1st [and] agreeing a deal on the 24th December has not helped." They went on to say that they are starting to use local suppliers for fruit and vegetables.

Russell's British Store in Torrox Costa has also reported problems leading to some empty shelves. Kane Tipping who works at Russell's said, "We haven't received any meat since New Year. Our suppliers didn't know what certificates were needed and there were doubts about certain products, for example those containing milk powder, but fortunately that is OK."

Tipping added that there was "a lot of uncertainty" about how long supply problems could go on for. Russell's also uses local suppliers for some meat products and they say that frozen food is starting to come through.