Tesco Ireland responds to fears that Irish stores may follow the UK’s example in rationing key food products

Tesco Ireland hit back after stores in the UK moved to limit the amount of cooking oil customers can buy.

Tesco, Waitrose, Morrisons and Iceland have warned shoppers across the pond that people can only buy a certain amount of these products due to shortages.

The shortage has been attributed to the war in the Ukraine which disrupted supplies of sunflower oil to the UK.

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Tesco has limited the amount of cooking oil products that people can buy to three bottles.

The move has raised concerns in Ireland that a similar move could be implemented at Irish Tesco stores.

However, while there are currently no purchase limits in place for customers, the retailer is said to be keeping a close eye on stock levels.

A spokesperson for Tesco Ireland told RTE: “We currently have no limits on customers’ purchase of cooking oil, but we are monitoring stock levels on a daily basis. We encourage customers not to disrupt their normal buying habits.”

In recent days, UK retailers have raised concerns about cooking oil stock levels.

Tesco UK said in a statement earlier this week: “We have good availability of cooking oils in stores and online. If a customer can’t find their preferred oil, we have plenty of alternatives to choose from.”



You see an average supermarket shelf stocked with sunflower oil.

“To ensure that all of our customers can continue to get what they need, we have introduced a temporary purchase limit of three items per customer on products in our cooking oil range.”

Meanwhile, supermarkets in Iceland limit customers to a single bottle of cooking oil.

Tom Holder of the British Retail Consortium said “the war in Ukraine has disrupted supplies of sunflower oil to the UK”.

“Some retailers have introduced limits on the number of bottles that customers can buy as a temporary measure to ensure availability for all,” he explained.

“Where sunflower oil exists as an ingredient in products, retailers will substitute other safe oils, such as rapeseed oil. Retailers are also working with suppliers to increase production of alternative cooking oils while minimizing the impact on consumers.”

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