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Shop owner who stockpiled custard creams says delay has wrecked plans


Stockpile: Shopkeeper Edward Coyle with some of the supplies he had stored ahead of Brexit.
Stockpile: Shopkeeper Edward Coyle with some of the supplies he had stored ahead of Brexit.

A shop owner who stockpiled custard creams for customers has said the Brexit delay has wrecked his plans.

Edward Coyle owns and runs Centra in Raphoe, Co Donegal, 10km from the Border with Northern Ireland.

He has been stockpiling UK-made items, such as Jacob’s Custard Creams, Heinz Beans and garlic bread for months in anticipation of a no-deal Brexit.

But with the deadline pushed back to October, his goods will go out of date unless he sells them, which will in turn affect his supply chain.

“We were ready for March 29 and we were ready on April 12. Now this delay has wrecked our plans,” Mr Coyle said.

“We have to sell off all the stuff that we had stockpiled and we have to stockpile again for October, but my worry is that Brexit can happen at any time. It can happen in June when they review it, so how do I prepare? How do I manage that?

“The items I have stockpiled are items that we can’t guarantee we will have on the shelves if a no-deal Brexit happens.

“Anything that is produced in Great Britain is stuff we have stockpiled.

“That would be biscuits such as custard creams, which are manufactured in Great Britain and brought across, and brands like Heinz.

“Custard creams are very telling because they are something that only sell very well in the British Isles – Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

“They are only made in Manchester and a few factories in Great Britain. It’s not something where you can ring up France and ask them to send you a few containers of custard creams – they don’t make them anywhere else.


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“Another thing we have been stockpiling is garlic bread. There is one factory in the North that makes all the garlic bread for the entire island of Ireland.

“If there is a hard Border and the customs go in and there are controls and lockdown on the Border, all of a sudden the 26 counties are going to have difficulty sourcing fresh garlic bread. They will have to get it from France or find some other way.”

Irish Independent


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