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Admittedly, Sainsbury’s decision was largely based on practicality – the summer of 2012 has gone down in the record books one of the coldest and wettest on record. All sorts of crops, from potatoes to cherries, were adversely affected by the glum weather. Veg that just wouldn’t have made the grade in previous years has had to fill in all those gaps.
Our hope is that Sainsbury’s will keep their new policy in place for next year and beyond – and that other supermarkets will follow suit. If so, that hideous wet and windy weather will have had a silver lining.