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El Nino impacts local shoppers

A weather phenomenon is starting to affect what’s available in Cayman grocery store produce aisles.

El Nino impacts local shoppers“El Nino,” a description for the weather changes brought by warmer waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean, is being blamed for drought in Colombia, damaging waves in Peru, heavy rains in California, and cold snaps in Florida and Mexico.

Foster’s Food Fair has advised customers to expect major disruptions in produce supplies from affected areas. Examples include bell peppers and green onions from Mexico, strawberries and watermelons from Florida, and asparagus from Peru. Julian Foster says round tomatoes will be sparse and more expensive while Roma tomatoes are in better supply.

The World Meterological Organisation says this may be one of the strongest “El Nino” cycles in decades, putting tens of millions of people at risk of water shortages, hunger and disease.

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Patrick Kreitlow

Patrick Kreitlow

Pat Kreitlow joined the Cayman 27 staff in October 2015. For nearly a decade, Pat was a familiar presence in living rooms across western Wisconsin where he was a reporter and nightly news anchor at WEAU-TV. He later served his neighbors as a state senator. When he and his wife Sharry became “empty nesters,” they moved to Grand Cayman in early 2014. They have two daughters and two grandsons.

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