Extremes of weather through the growing cycle for iceberg lettuce have led to the UK industry facing a difficult season. Cold wet weather delayed planting and many growers sent extra young plants to Spain to prolong imports. As early British seedlings got under way there was a further setback with droughts which affected size and then mid summer storms continued to disrupt harvesting of later varieties, bringing poor quality in its wake. The improved summer as far as consumers are concerned has increased lettuce demand. According Taylor Nelson Sofres sales of all varieties have grown 7% in the past year. {{M/E FRESH PRODUCE }}