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Greggs becomes latest food outlet hit by supply chain problems

Written by on 25/08/2021

Greggs has become the latest food outlet to be hit by supply chain problems with some products containing chicken missing from its shelves.

The bakery chain said it was seeing “temporary interruptions” in the supply of some ingredients – though there is no problem with its chicken bake products.

It comes a day after fast-food chain McDonald’s pulled milkshake and bottled drinks from its menu due to supply chain issues.

A Greggs 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.

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

Supply chain shortages have taken their toll across the economy this summer from supermarket shelves and fast-food restaurants to paving specialists and barbecue gas cylinders.

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The shortage of an estimated 100,000 lorry drivers, a “pingdemic” forcing employees to stay off work and a lack of workers following Brexit are among factors creating headaches for business.

Earlier this week a closely-watched business survey suggested that the issue was already taking its toll on the UK’s economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis that crushed activity in 2020 and at the start of this year.

Greggs did not specify in its statement the specific nature of its supply chain problems though they are understood to reflect the widespread issue of worker shortages which have been blamed on both Brexit and the pandemic.

 Sky News

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