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Donegal businessman stockpiled Custard Creams and Heinz beans in anticipation of no-deal Brexit

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Donegal businessman stockpiled Custard Creams and Heinz beans in anticipation of no-deal Brexit

One Raphoe-based shopkeeper who planned for a no-deal Brexit and stockpiled many products has said that the recent extention has wrecked his plans.
Edward Coyle who owns and runs the Centra in Raphoe, six miles from the border, has been stockpiling UK-made items, such as, Jacob’s Custard Creams, Heinz Beans and garlic bread, for months in anticipation of a no-deal Brexit.
Since the deadline has been pushed back to October, his goods will expire unless he sells them, which may in turn impact his supply chain.
“We were ready for March 29 and we were ready on April 12. Now this delay has wrecked our plans,” Mr Coyle told the Belfast Telegraph.
Mr Coyle said he and other businesses in the Republic were taking no chances when it came to products manufactured in the UK and had filled warehouses with essentials to avoid empty shelves.
The businessman said that Brexit may happen in June and is wondering about how to manage that situation should it happen: ““It can happen in June when they review it, so how do I prepare? How do I manage that?”
He said that now he will have to sell off all the products he had stockpiled and will stockpile again for October.
“But my worry is that Brexit can happen at any time,” he said.
The items that Mr Coyle stockpiled were items that can’t be guaranteed to have on shelves if a no-deal Brexit happens.
Custard Creams are only sold in the British Isles and manufactured there, the same applies to Heinz beans. There is only one factory in the North that makes all the garlic bread for the entire island of Ireland which may also cause issues in terms of Brexit.
The businessman said he would hate to see the UK exit the EU.