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Handy hints on handling food shortages

By Alan Beresford

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WITH the on-going reports on the food supply crisis hitting the nation, and with it fears of panic buying, householders are being given some handy hints as to how to handle any shortages.

Panic buying could worsen shortages in the shops this winter. Picture: Syda Productions/Shutterstock.com
Panic buying could worsen shortages in the shops this winter. Picture: Syda Productions/Shutterstock.com

As pressure builds in both food and retail production globally, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) signals a likely rise in our shopping bills too.

Alex Ion, spokesperson for BrewSmartly.com, has provided the following tips on how to handle the food and drink shortages:

1. Don’t panic buy

With many festivities right around the corner, it's easy to panic buy. However, buying in bulk may not be the best solution, especially as fresh produce will rot if not consumed soon after purchase. Pre-planning your food shop can help you to buy only what is essential. Checking your fridge/cupboards and making a list of what you need can prevent overbuying and can help cut down on food expenses.

2. Think sustainably

With a major food supply shortage looming over us, making sustainable food choices is encouraged, especially when it comes to food waste. In 2018, Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) reported that the UK produced around 9.5 million tonnes of food waste – 70 per cent (6.6 million tonnes) came from households.

Checking the use-by dates of the food and drink products you buy as you shop encourages managing your food stock at home a lot more efficiently (many fresh produce and milk in bottles can be frozen for longer shelf life). Another way to prevent food waste is making enough food for yourself or the family during meals as well as opting to use leftovers in other meals. Using food scraps as compost is another great way to reduce the impact of wasted food.

3. Support local businesses

Visit and support your favourite local food outlets, pubs, hotels etc, it is also a great way to show support to the suppliers at hand.

4. Give a helping hand

The industry faces more struggles than ever before due to staff shortages at various stages in the production line as well as the supply chain. Volunteering and helping out these sectors, if you have the time, can bring a much-needed boost.

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