Popeye would not be happy: Dutch supermarkets are short on spinach because of the rainy weather in June, reports NU.nl.
Large parts of the Netherlands and Germany have experienced vegetable failure thanks to the bad weather, so supermarkets are running short.
‘It is a national problem,’ a spokesman for Albert Heijn supermarket told Nu.nl. “Because of the wet weather, there is so little left of the harvest that we do not have enough to stock all supermarkets. This has been the case for about three weeks.’
Spinach is the hardest hit, but bok choy, broccoli and other salad greens grown in the field have also taken heavy losses.
Albert Jan Maat, chairman of the LTO farmers’ union, is campaigning for government compensation, saying storms in Limburg and North Brabant have caused at least €650m of damage.
Supermarkets are now looking for suppliers in other countries.