Brexit shopping list: what we may be short of on the shelves


Brexit shopping list: what we may be short of on the shelves IT Recruitment Leeds

Can you live without your cherished food items?  Bacon is at the top of many peoples shopping list but unfortunately it is likely to be in short supply post Brexit.

Potatoes also stand to be in short supply as we surprisingly import over 50% of our potato supplies (especially in the winter months).  What? No chips with my fish….don’t talk rubbish!

The reality is we are heading for winter and import the lions share of our fruit, veg and meats through EU channels hence why the 31st October is just terrible timing to leave the EU Trading Bloc.

So here are a few essential items to stock up on:

  • Bacon – We import much of our bacon through European countries.  So much so that Greggs have been stockpiling it in huge quantities within sizeable warehouses for weeks!
  • Potatoes – In the early part of our winter season we import potatoes from Belgium and Netherlands
  • Wood/logs for a fire burner – Energy could be badly affected
  • Fruit – Frozen fruit for shakes – the UK currently imports approx 35% of all fruit
  • Vegetables – We’re heading into the winter months and are heavily reliant on the EU for our vegetables.  What items freeze well.  Broccoli, Spinach (ok for curries after frozen), carrots and peas (and of course sweetcorn).  All of these items do not lose their nutritional value when frozen.
  • Sugar

and finally….

  • Energy

Yes the UK imports approximately 50% of it’s energy and has done since 2004.  Thus meaning that whatever you buy to freeze or keep cool may well start costing you a heck of a lot more.  Worse still, there may be intermittent power cuts.  So either invest in a mini power generator to keep your fridge/camping fridge going….and of course, lots of coal for your BBQ.  No joke, power cuts are not a rarity and have been used in the past, so to be sure to have that back up source.

Here’s your post NO DEAL BREXIT survival list

  • Coal/briquettes 
  • Logs/dried for wood burner 
  • BBQ
  • Firelighters
  • Lighters/matches
  • Candles
  • Mini power generator for your fridge
  • Invest in a camping fridge as the generator powering your American (size of a mini metro) style fridge will burn through it’s fuel supply pretty quickly!
  • Some fish wire and sticks to build traps for the Rabbits (if you’re writing this one down, you’re an idiot)
  • Pain killers – In some circles we have heard that Ibuprofen may be affected


The U.K imports 40% of its food source.  And as such, here’s a practical experiment for you…walk around your supermarket and try to imagine what the shelves would look like almost half bare.  Ok, so fast forward to the check out.  What would your bill look like if it was between 20 % and 40% higher?

Regardless of the cost, look into your shelves and imagine the food that could be missing and think of alternatives to stock up on.

Good news, we need good news.  The below food items are unaffected!

  1. Whisky
  2. Beer
  3. Chocolate (heavily stockpiled but once that runs out, it’s hugely at risk)

Back to the serious stuff; we all need proper food sustenance and cannot live on beer alone.  After all, we have all tried that here at Interface back in circa 1995.  Not healthy.

Around a third of all food we consume comes from the EU.  We of course means we could see 30% of our food items vanish or become really, very expensive.  Olive Oil is already a huge cost, try adding £2.00 to a bottle and you’ll be back cooking with lard before you know it.

Lets get back to those food shortages:

  • Salad – in the autumn/winter months we import nearly all of our salad from Spain, 90% in fact.
  • Yoghurt – nearly all Yoghurt is imported and has a short shelf life -ask Arla foods, they seem concerned.  Their MD stated this year that Yoghurt could become a luxury item!
  • Milk – we import billions of litres of Milk from mainland Eire.
  • Pasta and rice – mostly Italian wheat grown in milder climbs
  • Meat – is the second biggest risk in terms of imports, the largest single item import from the EU is Irish Beef.

All in all it’s hard to write an exhaustive list and these are the main items we have noticed after weeks of research, noting comments from company MD’s to agriculture associations and economists/university professors that are specialists in global food supply and security aka ‘the experts’