Sarah Mann Yeager of Louis Mann & Son told Jewish News butchers are “already stretched to capacity on Passover”, and foresees a 20% increase in demand because of how the coronavirus epidemic has impacted travel plans.
Tamir Haziza, the director of the butcher Menachem’s in Golders Green, is also “concerned” and has had to readjust his supply as “basically everyone is staying.”
Chezky Trovsky from the kosher supermarket Hadar is increasing supply by 50% to meet the expected demand.
However, the potential for a lucrative festival period also carries the risk of oversupplying.
“Pesach is already the riskiest time of the year,” he told Jewish News.
“You can’t sell Pesach products afterwards, so you have to be very careful. Otherwise, it could have a very bad effect on your business.”