Sainsbury's food shortage: Retailer ‘not getting every product through’ amid huge demand

Supermarket customers have noticed bare shelves in food stores after supplies of some items were hit by global supply chain challenges. Sainsbury’s has warned shoppers of gaps on shelves as supplies of some products run low.

However, driver shortages have meant that the supermarket was “not getting every product through”.

Appearing on Prime Minister’s Questions, Glasgow East MP David Linden urged Boris Johnson to act as the sector reaches “crisis point”.

It comes as the number of HGV drivers had been reduced by 100,000 since the start of the pandemic.

This was down to a number of different factors including Brexit, the pandemic, the dwindling of the furlough scheme and the start of the summer holidays.

“It’s the norm everywhere,” a third added.

Twitter users also claimed they have seen no plastic water bottles, with empty shelves in several supermarkets.

Tesco confirmed it had been experiencing shortages due to a combination of factors, including production issues at the supermarket’s own brand supplier’s factory.

A spokesperson for Nestlé Waters added that the company had “experienced demand for our products increase beyond our expectations at this point in the season”.

The company added: “We believe this is driven by the easing of national lockdown restrictions, and we have also been enjoying a warm British summer.

“This increase in demand has also had a knock-on effect on the haulage industry and we are experiencing shortages in the network servicing our supply, particularly for our international brands such as S. Pellegrino.”

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