At the end of last year, a “Brexit Survival Kit” showed up on the British supermarket shelves.
Despite the rather extravagant price of 300 pounds, over 2,000 units were sold in the first month. “This box is a great start to help you overcome Brexit worries of no food in the shops. It contains a variety of the freeze dried food range of delicious meals and a water filter to kick start yor Brexit stockpiling. A type of food insurance with a lifespan of up to 25 years – this really is the best you can get when being prepared for Brexit”, boasts European Freeze Dry, the most important European producer of lyophilized meals – food that is cooked, then frozen and completely dehydrated. Add some water and the original dish not only returns to its original shape but also retains over 90% of its nutritional value.
The new product’s gained popularity is relatively justified: official statistics reveal that 60.4% of UK imports come from the EU and that, regardless of the eventual Brexit plan, the food flow will be disrupted and prices will grow enormously. It is in due course for people to start stockpiling not only food, but also medicines and toilet paper.
Although unexposed to major natural disasters or food crises, Romania has its own share of preppers – people actively preparing for any type of contingency. “These last months emergency food sales have been on the rise”, says Bogdan Arnautu, one of the three friends behind Dryfood.ro, the only Romanian store specialized in long shelf life food. “It is relevant that over 80% of the customers interested in emergency food place a new order once every 6 months or so, which shows they are making serious supplies, meant to last for years in a row”.
Dryfood.ro has a 400 products catalogue: food pouches, with a 4 year shelf life, very well suited for mountain tracks, camping and any outdoor activities; food cans with a shelf life of 15 to 25 years, and therapeutic food.
Thus, if you are one of those fearing freightening phenomena (such as the recent tornadoes), the least you can do is wait for the apocalypse with a full belly.