Jul 3, 2019

Tesco faces Brexit deadline headache

Planning for the new Brexit deadline is "More difficult" because the supply network will be full of Christmas stock, Tesco's boss has warned. Dave Lewis told the BBC that the new deadline of the end of October meant there would be "Less capacity" for stockpiling longer-life items. A no-deal Brexit could mean tariffs and delays at the border that interrupt supplies of some food, he said. The UK currently imports about half of the food it eats, but Mr Lewis said Brexit could be a good time to "Take stock". While Tesco has removed plastics where it can and introduced the option for customers to bring their own packaging, he said getting rid of it completely would require huge changes across the supply chain which would involve "9,000 suppliers across 35,000 products".

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