Supply chain crisis: A walk around Spanish holiday island supermarkets tell a different story

Boris Johnson’s repeated claims that much of Europe is experiencing the same supply chain crisis as we are in the UK seem a little hollow after we checked out a supermarket in Spain.

Taking our trolley into the Mercadona store in Son Caliu, Majorca, we noticed no empty shelves and piles of fresh produce.

There were no shortages in any of the sections and fresh fish, meat, fruit and vegetables were plentiful.

Purchasing a regular basket of bread, ham, cheese and wine, the bill came to just 15 euros – about half of a similar purchase in the UK.

There have been no supply issues even though most goods have to be imported to the holiday island, report locals.

A hotel manager at Martha Apartments said there had been no problems even during lockdown while fuel supplies remained constant.

He joked: “I always text friends in the UK and tease them about it. The news on TV here has been showing the queues for petrol and the panic buying. Europe is like an apartment block where we all have to get on with each other and it doesn’t work if we don’t.”

Around one in six adults in Britain have been unable to buy essential food items in the last fortnight, figures suggest.

Some 17% of adults said they had not been able to purchase such goods because they were not available, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Almost a quarter (23%) said the same for non-essential food items.

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