A huge surplus of strawberries has ended up in Tesco sites, as a result of mixed weather conditions.
The Big 4 grocer has bought an extra 400 tonnes of British grown strawberries and has put one kilo boxes on sale for £3, instead of the regular 400g punnet for £2.
“Last week’s heatwave brought the strawberries on very quickly and meant that many growers had more than they expected,” Tesco berry buyer Laura Mitchell said.
“We’re happy to help out as British grown strawberries are renowned for their wonderful, sweet taste and when in season they are one of the first things to go on shopping lists.”
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Grower Alastair Brooks, who owns BR Brooks fruit business in Graveney said despite the late start the quality of the strawberries was “very good”.
Brooks added: “Last year we had the best spring on record and a fantastic summer too, which gave us a great early start and regulated growth throughout the season.
“But this year, because of the cold and damp May, we are two to three weeks behind schedule and now because of the great weather we have an abundance of strawberries.
“Thanks to Tesco, and surplus British strawberries won’t go to waste and the good news is that they are big, sweet and packed full of vitamins.”