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Thread: Anyone else noticing less food on the shelves lately?

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    Anyone else noticing less food on the shelves lately?

    Besides not seeing anyone who was maskless, my shopping this morning saw me having to make do with quite a few second or third choice items because the things I wanted really were not available. Last week, I was struck by the number of empty shelves and lack of the normal choices Iíd have, but presumed it was a one off, yet, if anything, it was even worse this week.

    There are a few possibilities, Iím just being unlucky in that what I usually buy just happens to be scarce at the moment, itís a seasonal thing or itís early on a Monday morning and so the shelves havenít all been filled yet.

    The trouble with all of these possibilities is that Iíve never experienced them before at this time of year in the last decade or more, so is something else (Brexit related perhaps?) going on?

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    Re: Anyone else noticing less food on the shelves lately?

    No, apart from a limited choice of cat food last week. Puss is now missing his Felix shreds this week :-(

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    Re: Anyone else noticing less food on the shelves lately?

    Definitely agree with this Bob.
    My Asda store in Cwmbran has been terrible lately for not having quite a few things for my big shop on a Monday. Tried changing to a Tuesday but found this even worse.

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    Re: Anyone else noticing less food on the shelves lately?

    I've noticed occasional gaps on the shelves, but nothing prolonged

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    Re: Anyone else noticing less food on the shelves lately?

    The two big supermarkets I normally use are both going through major refits that has resulted in reduced stock - but even allowing for that there are some things that are missing from pre-COVID and pre-Brexit days. Some are European imports that have vanished or jumped in price, others are down to interruptions in manufacturing (may or may not come back). Big jars of Marmite last seen in June 2020! But now the pubs are back in business and brewing (and glass bottle production) restarted I live in hope!

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    Re: Anyone else noticing less food on the shelves lately?

    Unlike the food items, Brexit has been delivered.

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    Re: Anyone else noticing less food on the shelves lately?

    The little tesco I frequent has been as full as normal, but then those places never seem to run out of anything.

    Popped into a big waitrose (not my regular shop i must add, I'm not rich) last week and they were missing loads. Had lots of signs on the shelves apologising for lack of stock


    Must be that hgv driver shortage

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    Re: Anyone else noticing less food on the shelves lately?

    Not a bad thing having less on the shelves imho.

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    Re: Anyone else noticing less food on the shelves lately?

    There is a huge shortage of HGV drivers and supermarkets are struggling to make use of all their available lorries. Hence a shortage of certain items
    It appears they have the stock but are struggling to get it to their stores

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    Re: Anyone else noticing less food on the shelves lately?

    Quote Originally Posted by Poolerblue View Post
    There is a huge shortage of HGV drivers and supermarkets are struggling to make use of all their available lorries. Hence a shortage of certain items
    It appears they have the stock but are struggling to get it to their stores
    Just filled up petrol in tesco bridgend, went to pay in the kiosk and they literally had about 4 packets of sandwiches left.
    The bloke serving confirmed its a delivery driver issue, might go on through the summer aswell.
    I've got to start making my own sandwiches from now on then....

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    Re: Anyone else noticing less food on the shelves lately?

    I can put up with shortages as long as my Shreddies are still available in large numbers !

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    Re: Anyone else noticing less food on the shelves lately?

    one of my friends runs a " employment agency ", she said its a terrible shortage, during the 3rd lockdown ( January ) alot of eastern europeans headed back to " original home " countries , she lost a 1/3rd of her staff in week, as has been said above ( and in the news ) its the lack of truck drivers

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    Re: Anyone else noticing less food on the shelves lately?

    Quote Originally Posted by Whisperer View Post
    Not a bad thing having less on the shelves imho.
    Yeah it's such a pain, being able to go in and buy the things you want

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    Re: Anyone else noticing less food on the shelves lately?

    Not noticed ,however I am in Cardiff where I guess the supply routes and perhaps the supermarkets are larger and have better regular supply and storage capabilities ?

    Its worth considering the reports of driver shortages throughout the UK

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    Re: Anyone else noticing less food on the shelves lately?

    Quote Originally Posted by life on mars View Post
    Not noticed ,however I am in Cardiff where I guess the supply routes and perhaps the supermarkets are larger and have better regular supply and storage capabilities ?

    Its worth considering the reports of driver shortages throughout the UK
    shortage of Haribo next apparently.

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    Re: Anyone else noticing less food on the shelves lately?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rjk View Post
    shortage of Haribo next apparently.
    I must correct myself McDonald's are showing notices of shortages on their select chicken eats.

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    Re: Anyone else noticing less food on the shelves lately?

    Quote Originally Posted by life on mars View Post
    I must correct myself McDonald's are showing notices of shortages on their select chicken eats.
    Remember when KFC ran out of chicked, and some people dialled 999

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    Re: Anyone else noticing less food on the shelves lately?

    I read an article that said the UK had lost 75,000 HGV drivers in the last six months. I thought the M4 was looking quiet...

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    Re: Anyone else noticing less food on the shelves lately?

    Boris has implemented a Wales protocol without telling Drakeford.

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    Re: Anyone else noticing less food on the shelves lately?

    Brexit, COVID, and lack of lorry drivers, 100,000 jobs available for truck drivers. There you have it. Oh and the people who order repeat stock order the wrong items.

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