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Europe’s Freezers Are Filling Up as Virus Chills Food Sales

A pallet of Lutosa Foods shoestring fries inside a storage freezer in Antwerp, Belgium.

A pallet of Lutosa Foods shoestring fries inside a storage freezer in Antwerp, Belgium.

Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Demand for cold-storage space in Europe has surged after bars, restaurants and sports venues closed, leaving their suppliers hunting for new customers or somewhere to store the unsold food.

Farmers, manufacturers and retailers in the bloc say it’s nearly impossible to find commercial fridge and freezer space. The shortage is forcing production cuts, and may mean wasting thousands of tons of produce that suddenly has nowhere else to go.