Tesco warns customers of ‘product shortage’ despite buying restrictions

Tesco has warned customers that some products are in short supply, just weeks after introducing new panic-buying restrictions.

The retail giant put measures into place to avoid the panic buying of key household essentials as coronavirus restrictions were tightened.

This is to avoid the same situation as in March, when all the supermarket shelves were stripped bare for essentials during the national lockdown.

But now, amid a sharp rise of coronavirus cases, Tesco has issued a message to customers, warning that its pork products are limited in stock. It apologised for the unplanned shortage.

A notice, spotted at the Tesco Superstore in Cheriton, Folkestone, on Monday read: “Due to supplier issues, we have limited availability on these products.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Bosses have since confirmed the the problem could take weeks to rectify.

The notice was placed next to the grocer’s Finest and own-brand products, including bacon.

However, Tesco declined to comment on which ranges, and stores are affected, according to The Mirror.

A spokesman said: "We’re sorry that some of our stores have fewer pork products available than usual."

He continued: “We’re working hard with our suppliers to resolve this and availability should improve within the coming weeks."

Tesco currently have stockpiling limits on flour, dried pasta, toilet roll, baby wipes and antibacterial wipes.

There are additional limits on items such as rice and tinned vegetables.

A spokeswoman for Tesco said: “We have good availability, with plenty of stock to go round, and we would encourage our customers to shop as normal."

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She continued: “To ensure that everyone can keep being what they need, we have introduced bulk-buy limits on a small number of products.”

It is understood the rationing decision was based on evidence of a small uplift in demand for the goods.

This is done to “ensure that everyone can keep buying what they need” during the coronavirus pandemic.

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