Brexit has affected more of Britain than any of us would have wanted. Between the falling pound and the looming doom of raising holiday prices, the nation’s choice to exit from the European Union has had a staggering affect on our everyday lives – and now it’s affecting our weekly shop.
If you use Lynx, eat Magnum ice cream and clean your clothes with Surf washing powder, you may want to find another go-to brand. Unilever – one of the 10 companies that control almost every large food and beverage brand in the world – is having a major dispute with one of the largest supermarkets in the UK – Tesco.
The row developed when Unilever, which faces higher costs after the fall in value of the pound, was accused of ‘exploiting customers’ over its demand Tesco agrees to a 10 per cent price rise for its products, ITV reports.
Deliveries to Tesco were stopped when the supermarket refused Unilever’s request, leaving many of its goods advertised online out of stock.
Here are a full list of brands affected:
Among those currently absent from Tesco’s website are Pot Noodle, Cornetto, Hellmann’s, Marmite, Magnum ice cream, Ben & Jerry’s, and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.
Others include: Bertolli, Flora, Knorr, Carte D’Or, Maille, Solero, Stork, Vienetta, Wall’s, Bovril, Colman’s and Elmlea.
You may have to say goodbye to Lipton, Lyons tea and PG Tips for a while – they’re all affected by the dispute.
Use Dove, Lynx, St Ives, or Sure as part of your daily routine? You may want to check they’re still in stock. If you use Radox, you’ll have to find an alternative – there are none for sale right now.
Others cosmetic brands affected include: Tresemme, Vaseline, VO5, Impulse, Simple and Timotei.
If you’ve been using the same washing powder for a while, hopefully you don’t use Surf, Persil, or Comfort.
As for everyday cleaning supplies, Domestos and Cif are also off the shelves.
The supermarket did say they are hoping to ‘have this issue resolved soon’, but did not indicate exactly when that might be.
And while the dispute is only affecting Tesco right now, the Sterling has dropped by 16% against the euro since the UK’s Brexit vote. The fact that Unilever is such a big chain may be the final push that others companies need to follow.