Hello Everyone,

We're reaching out to discuss a crucial issue currently impacting global shipping, particularly affecting routes through the Red Sea and the Suez Canal. This situation has significant implications for our supply chain, especially concerning our imports of produce from Eastern regions, like grapes from India.

The Situation in the Red Sea and Suez Canal
Recent events have led to significant disruptions in one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. The Iranian-backed Houthi militants have escalated attacks on vessels in the Red Sea, causing major disturbances in maritime trade through the Suez Canal. These disruptions have forced shipping companies to reroute around the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa, adding about two weeks to the usual journey times​​​​​​.

Impact on Our Supply Chain
While we do not directly import from these regions, our suppliers who rely on these shipping routes are facing extended transit times and increased transportation costs. This directly affects the availability and pricing of certain key products, particularly Indian grapes, which are an important part of our offerings.

Our Suppliers' Adaptation Strategies
Our suppliers are actively monitoring the situation and adapting their logistics strategies to minimise these disruptions. They are exploring alternative supply sources and routes to ensure a steady flow of produce. We are working closely with them to effectively manage these changes and mitigate any potential impact on our offerings.

Broader Implications and Our Commitment
This situation underscores the vulnerability of global supply chains to geopolitical events and highlights the importance of resilience in our operations. We remain committed to delivering high-quality produce to our customers and will continue to keep you informed of any significant changes that may affect our offerings.

Your Support
Your understanding and support during these challenging times are greatly appreciated. We are dedicated to navigating these complexities and maintaining the level of service and quality you expect from us.

Thank you for your continued support.

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