Tea shortage due to Houthi attacks 2024-02-18 10:21:57

But the tension in the Red Sea threatens the British habit, as fears are expressed of a shortage of tea in the country. Attacks by Yemen’s pro-Iranian Houthi fighters on Western merchant ships in the Red Sea – amid the escalating Middle East crisis – have disrupted international shipping and global trade, with many companies avoiding the area, delaying goods deliveries.

Tea supplies are expected to decline as imports appear to be at a critical juncture. Tetley Tea, the country’s second-largest tea company, said supplies are “much tighter” than it would like amid unrest in the Red Sea.

This comes after warnings were issued by supermarket Sainsbury’s over the availability of black tea. For its part, market leader Yorkshire Tea also told the BBC that “ongoing shipping disruptions are affecting the category”, clarifying that they are monitoring the situation.

A report by the “Daily Mail” conveys the disturbance caused to the British by the possibility of a shortage of tea.

One consumer described the prospect as a “nightmare”, although retailers said the problems were “temporary”, stressing that the impact on consumers was “minimal”.

At a Sainsburys branch in Eltham, South East London, there were no signs warning of the shortage, although there were partly empty shelves for larger tins of Yorkshire Tea and PG Tips, as well as Sainsbury’s Red Label tea.

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