Retailers are bracing themselves for price hikes from local suppliers following a raft of increases from big brands in the wake of the Brexit vote.

However, store owners told RN they are determined to maintain their range of local produce because of the important role it plays in their stores.

“Usually, everything goes up by 10p each new year, but this year I’ve noticed a rise of £2 on everything that’s imported,” said Beth Aston of Chalbury Food & Wine in Dorset.

“No matter what price increases come, we will always try to keep as many Dorset products as possible.”

Christine Hope, of Hopes of Longtown in Herefordshire, added: “We’re definitely not going to be switching from local suppliers because it’s our point of difference.”

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