Food shortages UK: Full list of shops hit by delivery issues

HUNGRY Brits are being met with empty supermarket shelves and reduced food and drink menus as the pandemic and Brexit causes supply chain issues.

Here are the shops, takeaways and restaurants facing delivery delays.

A lorry driver shortage across the UK is causing empty supermarket shelves and has forced many restaurants, takeaways and coffee shops to take items off the menu.

The shortage is blamed on a range of factors such as staff self-isolating due to Covid and European drivers returning home after Brexit.

Here is how the shortage is hitting supermarkets, takeaways and restaurants.


Tesco chairman John Allan has warned that there could be a shortage of Christmas stock.

He told BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme yesterday that supermarkets would usually be getting their Christmas stock ready now but are busy keeping up with current demand.

He said: "At the moment we’re running very hard just to keep on top of the existing demand and there isn’t the capacity to build stocks that we’d like to see.

"In that sense, I think there may be some shortages at Christmas.

“But I wouldn’t want to over-dramatise the extent to which that would be the case, I think it’s very easy to make a drama out of a modest crisis.”


Iceland chief executive Richard Walker said there have been issues with deliveries of bread and soft drinks and also warned of a Christmas supply shortage.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We start to stock-build from September onwards for what is a hugely important time of year.

"We've got a lot of goods to transport between now and Christmas and a strong supply chain is vital for everyone."

The Co-op

Steve Murrells, the Co-op's chief executive, told The Times earlier this week that supermarket shortages are the worst he's ever seen.

He said supermarkets are reducing their ranges because of the issues.

Murrells said: "Rather than bare shelves, we’re seeing supermarkets rationalising their lines so they can process more. Rather than three different qualities of strawberry, there is just one grade."


The popular peri-peri chicken chain was forced to close nearly 50 branches last week after running out of chicken.

Nando's said closures were due to staffing problems at its suppliers but it managed to reopen its restaurants after sending 70 staff members to work in the factories.


KFC has warned its fried chicken fans that some menu items will be unavailable due to supplier disruption.

It posted a message on social media at the start of August that said "things may be a little different" in store and some items may be unavailable or packaged differently.


McDonald's this week warned of a nation-wide shortage of milkshakes at its more than 1,000 restaurants.

Restaurants will be without them all week after delivery problems forced bosses to prioritise food and fizzy drinks.

The chain has blamed a lack of lorry drivers and said: “We apologise for any inconvenience, and thank customers for their continued patience.

"We’re working hard to return these items to the menu as soon as possible.”


Frustrated customers have complained on social about a lack of decaffeinated coffee and salads at Costa.

A spokesperson for Costa said: "Like many other businesses, we are currently experiencing some stock shortages and as a result some items may be temporarily unavailable.

"We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience caused to our customers."


Disappointed Greggs customers have been posting images on social media of empty shelves at the bakery's chains.

This included empty sandwich shelves at a Gregg's store in central London.

Its popular chicken bakes have reportedly been affected.

Greggs denied this but confirmed that supply chain issues had resulted in shortages of some items and ingredients.

A spokesperson for Greggs 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.”



Sandwich shop chain Subway yesterday said it has seen "minor supply chain shortages."

The Sun has asked for further comment on which sandwiches and stores are affected.

Bottled water and fresh fruit and veg are among the products that have been missing from shelves.

School dinners may also be under threat due to the shortages.

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