Multipack crisps are still the item in shortest supply at UK shops
, following production problems at major producer Walkers.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reports that 20% of stores visited between 19 and 22 November 2021 had limited supplies of crisps, and 4% had run out.
That’s slightly better than a week earlier, when 26% were short of supplies, and 4% had empty crisp shelves.
Crisps supplies have been disrupted by an IT computer upgrade at the world’s biggest crisp factory.
Leicester-based Walkers said last month that the glitch forced it to slow production, forcing the company to prioritise its most popular varieties – including cheese and onion, ready salted and salt and vinegar, as well as Quavers and Wotsits.
Kantar Public’s survey of 275 stores also found that paracetamol and ibuprofen were also in relatively short supply.
Buying fresh pork could be a challenge too, with 12% of stores only offering short supplies and 2% running out.
Shops were most likely to have run out of frozen turkeys, after consumers snapped them up quickly in recent weeks. Some 10% of shops didn’t have any frozen turkeys, while another 3% had limited stocks.
The beer shelves are heaving, though, with only 2% of shops having low stocks.
However, a group of 48 wine and spirits companies yesterday warned that Britain is facing a Christmas alcohol shortage unless the government does more to address the lack of HGV drivers.
Source : https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2021/nov/25/sterling-fed-faster-tapering-german-consumers-covid-shortages-uk-retail-sales-business-live?page=with:block-619f80a98f08cd11dbaf7577&filterKeyEvents=false442