“To protect the availability to all our customers, we are limiting bulk purchases to three per person. We apologize for any inconvenience caused,” they said. Dieter Lloyd, from the British Leafy Salads Association, told the media that flooding in Spain before Christmas had damaged crops and grounds were then too wet to grow a fresh batch. In fact, to be more exactly, nothing is coming from Spain for six to eight weeks. The Spanish association of fruit and vegetable producers, FEPEX, said EU-wide production was down by about 40% and warned that increased availability would depend on the climate in southern Europe in February and March. The effects of shortages are particularly pronounced in Britain, which imports an estimated 50% of its vegetables and 90% of its fruit.