Following the recent fresh produce shortages in UK supermarkets, is poor weather and climate change and their impact on supply, something that producers and retailers need to be worried about?
We’ve seen extreme weather events stemming from climate change become a very real threat to supply chains in recent years. A significantly colder winter in Spain and Morocco has recently led to shortages of tomatoes, aubergines, lettuce and celery, causing some of the largest retailers to introduce limits on the number of items each customer can purchase. Unfortunately, these types of extreme weather events aren’t slowing down.
We’ve witnessed year-on-year increases in weather-related supply disruptions here at Resilinc. Climate risk is a very real threat to supply chains, and not just to agriculture. For example, we saw a nearly 40% increase in weather-related disruption in 2022 over 2021. From extreme droughts to severe flooding, the number of extreme weather related disruptions continue to rise.
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