Nestlé has become the latest victim of a supply chain crisis, with the company saying it is working “hard” to ensure that quality street boxes will be available this Christmas.
The makers of Lion Bar and Kit Kat have been hit by an ongoing chronic HGV driver shortage, which has led to empty shelves in supermarkets and fuel shortages on the forecourt.
Nestle CEO Mark Schneider said the company is working hard to guarantee that the most popular Christmas treat will be available to Britons this winter.
“Like other businesses, we are seeing some labor shortages and some transport issues, but working creatively with retailers to supply them is a top priority for our UK team,” said Mr Schneider BBC.
Asked if he can guarantee that there will be boxes of Quality Street in stores this December, he said: “We’re working hard.”
Announced after being told by HGV drivers Granthshala That the Christmas period will bring the worst shortfall in the form of an increase in demand and bulk purchases.
“Christmas is going to be the biggest problem because people will buy their food in bulk for family dinners and then you’ve also got the likes of Amazon and the big online retailers going for a lot more now than they are now.” Driver Jason Garland said.
Tesco’s owner, Ken Murphy, said Wednesday that buyers are buying frozen turkey weeks in advance to avoid any supply issues.
The supermarket giant said it is confident of good product availability for Christmas, but there could still be a “bump in the road” amid supply chain challenges affecting the sector.
The government’s recent visa scheme to bring 5,000 foreign lorry drivers to the UK to address the shortage crisis was criticized as the scheme was due to expire on Christmas Eve, prompting drivers interested in filling vacancies. Questions were being raised about the number of
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson recently confirmed that just 127 out of 300 visas for tanker drivers to come to the UK were granted immediately, adding: “What it shows is a global shortage.”
Mr Johnson continued: “The supply chain problem is caused in large part by the force of the economic recovery.”
Health Secretary Sajid Javid told Sky News on the issue of HGV driver vacancies: “Of course there is competition for drivers – which is happening across Europe – but it is important that we try to do what we can.
“I am confident that with the temporary visa changes announced, we will get more drivers.”
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