While browsing through my enormous backlog of unread blog posts I came across a short post on Bar Mleczny, another UK-based Polish blog, about Polish food in the UK.
Well, there are two pieces of news to share in fact.
First, Tesco has decided to double the amount of Polish food it offers as its customers are now buying 15% more Polish products than a year ago.
The decision follows an earlier move to cut back the number of Polish items on Tesco’s shelves after large numbers of Poles decided to go back to Poland.
An article in the Daily Telegraph quotes Tesco’s Polish foods buyer Tomasz Zarebinski, who explains the decision:
“When jobs began drying up some Poles returned home in order to try and find work but many found it equally hard over there and have decided to come back to the UK.
“With unemployment currently higher in Poland than in the UK many of those who left are more hopeful of finding work over here.
“That has directly led to the first rise in demand for Polish food here for nearly a year and as a result we have now decided to extend our range.”
The second piece of news is that you can now get your groceries from Tesco’s website in Polish as well as in English. They’ve launched www.tesco.com/polski presumably to make it easier for Poles residing in the UK to order their groceries.
I only hope that this blog has also contributed to the popularity of Polish food in the UK.