Shoppers set for sizzling BBQ bonanza weekend

Shoppers are gearing up for what could be the biggest British BBQ weekend in living memory.

With predictions of 27C temperatures over the Bank Holiday Tesco will be helping customers enjoy the heatwave with a host of quality food and drink ideal for outside dining.

Demand for BBQ food at Tesco looks set to soar over the weekend, and fresh fruit like strawberries, as well as ice cream and ice lollies are also already high on customers’ shopping lists.

Tesco BBQ meat range buyer Suzanne Eldridge said: “Not only is this the longest wait in living memory for the British BBQ season to start but the arrival of great weather also coincides with a Bank Holiday - a rarity in itself!

“Shoppers are already starting to buy with the long weekend in mind and it looks very much as though many people will be dining outdoors with family and friends over the holiday.”

Based on growing early demand Tesco predicts over the course of the Bank Holiday it will sell:

  • More than 1 million packs of sausages
  • 500,000 packs of burgers
  • 600,000 chicken wings and drumsticks
  • More than 600,000 salmon fillets
  • I million packs of BBQ meat including chicken wings, beef kebabs and sweet BBQ pulled pork
  • More than 2m packs of burger and hot dog rolls
  • 5m punnets of strawberries
  • 3m bags of bagged salads
  • 400,000 packs of Halloumi and Feta cheese
  • 5 million ice lollies
  • More than 2 million tubs of ice cream
  • 24 million bottles/cans of beer
  • Nearly 5 million bottles of wine
  • Nearly 80,000 bags of charcoal

 Added Tesco’s Suzanne Eldridge:

“This season we’ve brought in some really mouth-watering gourmet BBQ treats such as Teriyaki Steak Strips; succulent Salt and Chilli Pork Belly Slices and Pineapple and Coconut Mini Chicken Fillets to help customers dine in style.”

With the warm weather predicted to last until early June Tesco is bracing itself for demand to continue next week and has allocated extra shelf space for popular BBQ foods.


Notes to editors:

May Bank Holiday deals at Tesco

  • 25 per cent off six or more bottles of wine excluding Scotland
  • £55 6 piece Hawaii garden furniture set
  • Selected fruit now only 49p
  • 3 for £10 BBQ Products



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