Bumper strawberry crop to kick off the summer thanks to warm and dry UK weather

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Thanks to warm and dry weather, up to 50 percent more of the fruit favourites will be in the shops than usual, defying the trend of food shortages.

They will arrive within the next two weeks compared to early June last year – but the berry glut will not make them cheaper.

Farmers are struggling to hire the necessary 30,000 annual seasonal workers.

Rising energy costs and a minimum wage increase mean the price of a punnet is 21p more.

The British Summer Fruits trade body says costs pose a “serious threat” to the “viability” of the sector.

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