National Food Shortages Affecting Many UK Supermarkets Hits Lidl’s Southwest Stores
By MARED GRUFFYDD
LIDL is the latest supermarkets to confirm that it is struggling with food shortages. Other major British supermarkets are also finding it difficult to cope with demand on products.
Many UK supermarkets have been struggling with food shortages in recent weeks, leaving their shelves bare. This is due to a number of reasons, including a lack of lorry drivers.
In recent days and weeks, Lidl shoppers have noticed gaps in the supermarket’s shelves.
The supermarket has confirmed a range of products are currently missing in stores across the southwest of England.
One shops was low on crisps, cereals, yoghurts, and toilet roll.
One of the shop’s food-related middle aisle was also empty at the time of writing.
The discount retailer said it is struggling with a shortage on stock in the region due to “disruptions” in the supply chain.
Lidl has confirmed stock is running low due to “disruptions” within the supply chain
Customers have noticed gaps on Lidl and other supermarkets’ shelves
A Lidl spokesperson told Plymouth Live: “Unfortunately, like a number of other retailers, the availability of some products has been impacted by the current disruptions to supply chain networks.
“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and are doing all we can to resolve the issues as soon as possible and to minimise any impact to our customers.”
Lidl customers have taken to social media to complain about the current shortages.
One person wrote on Twitter this week: “Local Lidl has some shortages, fresh food as well as some tins and jars.”
Another person said: “My Lidl experiences are: there are definitely shortages. The staff also say that deliveries are struggling.”
One customer posted photos of gaps in shelves at their local Lidl store, accompanied by the caption: “Food shortages on its way, wait for it…Lidl UK.”
One person wrote: “Cornwall here, Lidl and Waitrose there are shortages.”
Another customer who couldn’t find what they were looking for at their local Lidl added: “You just take these items for granted when they are on the shelves. It’s only when you look for a tin of beans or whatever and realise they are out of stock that you notice and think about going elsewhere.”
Many supermarkets, including Lidl, are currently struggling with food shortages
Lidl is one of the most popular supermarkets in the UK
Sainsbury’s saw beer flying off the shelves last week with 17 packs being sold each second as fans gathered ahead of England and Ukraine’s quarter-final match.
Driver shortages have meant that the supermarket was “not getting every product through”, Mr Roberts added.
The number of lorry drivers in the UK has reduced by 100,000 since the start of the pandemic, according to the Road Haulage Association (RHS), who detailed the statistic in a letter to Downing Street last month.
The RHA has asked the Government to act on the issue.
On Wednesday, July 7, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced possible solutions to the problem.
He said: “We’re aware of a shortage of HGV drivers, so I’m announcing a [temporary] extension of drivers’ hours rules from Monday 12 July, giving flexibility to drivers and operators to make slightly longer journeys.
“We’ve ramped up the number of driving tests available and will consider other measures,” Mr Shapps added.