‘It’s missing’: Greggs becomes latest food retailer to be hit by food shortage nightmare

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The bakery chain has been hit by supply chain disruption blamed on a range of issues including Brexit and the pandemic. Greggs customers have taken to social media to warn others that the chain is missing some popular food items from its shelves.

Greggs said it was seeing “temporary interruptions” in the supply of some ingredients.

It was earlier suggested that chicken bakes were affected, however there are no current supply issues with the popular pastry. 

A spokesperson said: “There are no current supply issues with our chicken bakes and our customers can continue to enjoy these as they usually would.

“Unfortunately, like others, we’re seeing temporary interruptions in supply for some ingredients which occasionally results in shops not being able to maintain full availability on all lines.

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“However, we have a wide range of choices in our menu for customers happy to buy an alternative.”

Posters have been put up in several Greggs stores to warn customers of the disruption.

One said: “We’re sorry but we might not have your favourite sandwich available today. We’re working around the clock to get more stock to this shop as soon as we can. We’re really sorry for any disappointment caused.”

Taking to social media to share their thoughts on the ongoing situation, one customer explained: “I went to my local Greggs today to find my favourite food not available, it’s missing from the shelves!”

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Another said: “I can’t believe all these eateries are facing such shortage, something I never thought would happen.”

“I hope this all goes back to normal soon,” commented a third.

Earlier this week, McDonald’s pulled milkshakes from its menu across England, Scotland and Wales due to supply chain issues.

A McDonald’s spokesperson said: “Like most retailers, we are currently experiencing some supply chain issues, impacting the availability of a small number of products.

“Bottled drinks and milkshakes are temporarily unavailable in restaurants across England, Scotland and Wales.

“We apologise for any inconvenience, and thank our customers for their continued patience.

“We are working hard to return these items to the menu as soon as possible.”

McDonald’s and Greggs follow popular restaurant chain Nando’s who closed 50 of its stores last week due to the same issue.

A spokesperson for the chicken chain said: “The UK food industry has been experiencing disruption across its supply chain in recent weeks due to staff shortages, and a number of our restaurants have been impacted.”

Customers can check if their local restaurant is open on their official website.

The food shortages have been blamed on Brexit related issues as well as the pandemic.

Earlier this year, it was unveiled that there is an enormous shortage of HGV drivers, resulting in supermarket food shortages across the country.

Today, Co-op Group chief executive, Steve Murrells said the retailer has significantly reduced its range of some products.

He added that the current food shortages around the country are the worst he has ever seen.

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