WORRIED Brits have been stocking up on food and water to prepare for a “no deal” Brexit.
Hundreds of people in the UK have bought £300 Brexit “survival boxes” to make sure they have emergency supplies if the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal.
The packs, which last a month, contain 60 freeze-dried meals, 48 portions of meat, a water filter and a firestarter.
The boxes, created by Emergency Food Storage UK, have a shelf life of 25 years.
Founder James Brown said: “It’s definitely necessary for people to have a sensible amount of food storage, not just for Brexit but for other eventualities in life.
“We tend to live day-to-day at supermarkets so we’ve lost the art of having food storage in our homes.
“If there is a disruption, whether that’s snow… or political instability, having a stock of food for a few days is important and it gives you peace of mind too.”
He says he has been surprised by the demand for the boxes, selling far more than expected – over 600 at the last count.
The company sells a deluxe Brexit box, which also includes puddings and breakfasts, but he says demand for this has been limited.
“Most people who are spending more are generally buying a three, six or nine month box,” he explained.
The Government has said that there is no need for UK customers to stash any of the items in the boxes.
A spokesperson said: “People don’t need to stockpile food, water filters or fire starters.
“The UK has a strong level of food security built upon a diverse range of sources including strong domestic production and imports from third countries.
“This will continue to be the case whether we leave the EU with or without a deal.”
What do you get in the Brexit box?
THE standard Brexit box will set you back £295 and will last for a month. You get:
- Macaroni Cheese – 1 tins (10 servings)
- Pasta Bolognaise – 1 tin (eight servings)
- Chicken Tikka – 1 tin (eight Servings)
- Chicken Fajita – 1 tin (eight Servings)
- Beef And Potato Stew – 1 tin (six Servings)
- Sweet And Sour Chicken – 1 tin (eight Servings)
- Diced Chicken – 1 tin (24 portions)
- Minced Beef – 1 tin (24 portions)
- Pasta Bolognaise – 1 (one serving)
- Chicken Tikka – 1 (one serving)
- Chicken Fajita – 1 (one serving)
- Beef And Potato Stew – 1 (one serving)
- Sweet And Sour Chicken – 1 (one serving)
- Salmon Broccoli Pasta – 1 (one serving)
- Vegetable Tikka – 1 (one serving)
- Chilli Con Carne – 1 (one serving)
- Vegetable Chipotle Chilli – 1 (one serving)
- Chicken Fried Rice – 1 (one serving)
- Macaroni Cheese – 1 (one serving)
- Vegetable Fried Rice – 1 (one serving)
- Water Filter
- Aquamira Green Line water basics bottle filter
- Fire starter
- 200ml Fire Dragon Gel
How it’s packed
47 x 33 x 36 cm
Shipped double packed for extra protection with the option of plain packaging.
Usually shipped within one to 14 days but shipping can take up to six to 12 weeks when the food needs to be recooked and packed.
How much does delivery cost?
Free shipping (up to 14 days)(3-7 working days) - £6.99 (1-5 working days) - £9.99
Andrew Opie, director of food & sustainability at the British Retail Consortium, said: “Retailers are planning ahead to meet consumer demand in all eventualities.
“Where it is feasible, given the nature of the product and available storage space, they are doing the prudent thing and increasing some stock.
“However, there may be some disruption to the supply chain, which may impact on perishable produce such as fruit, vegetables, fresh fish and meat, which cannot be stored for any prolonged length of time.”
Mr Brown argues that having a food stockpile is just like having car or home insurance – you get it just in case there’s an emergency or a disruption.
On Emergency Food Storage UK’s website, the company says its clients include the NHS, Gov.uk and the Ministry of Defence.
Food blogger and activist Jack Monroe agrees with the “better to be safe than sorry” approach.
She recently wrote on her website that she has decided to start stockpiling food.
She said: “Stocking up now gives supermarkets time to replenish and recover their stock, so that come March, we won’t all be fighting over the same tin of tomatoes in the aisle.
“In the event that all is fine and dandy and we were all just being cautious, well, hoorah for that… I’d rather be prepared than starving, after all.
“And if the stockpile isn’t needed, I’ll donate it to the Trussell Trust, and you can do the same.”
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