In the latest food scarcity nightmare, Wetherspoons joins Costa, Pizza Hut, and Toby Carvery.
Wetherspoon, the popular pub company, has announced that some of its venues have ran out of various drinks due to supply chain concerns. Food shortages have struck Costa Coffee, Pizza Hut, and Toby Carvery, among others.
There is a severe scarcity of HGV drivers as a result of the epidemic and Brexit-related difficulties. According to the Road Haulage Association (RHA), there is now a shortfall of more than 100,000 drivers in the UK, compared to a pre-pandemic total of roughly 600,000.
Due to a driver shortage, some businesses have missed deliveries, and supermarkets are running out of bottled water and Diet Coke.
Coca-Cola Europacific Partners stated that it was working “round the clock” to meet demand.
Fast-food restaurants have been hammered as well, with Nando’s running out of chicken and McDonald’s discontinuing milkshakes.
Wetherspoon is the most recent corporation to have supply chain problems.
“We are experiencing some supply issues with both Carling and Coors, which means that some pubs do not have the items available,” a representative stated.
“We apologize for any trouble this has caused our consumers.
“We know the brewers are working to find a solution.”
Heineken and Molson Coors delivery had been problematic, according to the pub chain.
“Like many in our great British brewing and pub sector, we have been struck by the HGV driver shortage,” Molson Coors, which owns Carling and Coors, said in a statement.
“While our overall availability is fine, there are sporadic pockets of pressure in our supply network that are hurting a number of Wetherspoons pubs,” says the spokesperson.
“It’s awful to be letting any customer down after such a difficult period for our industry, and we will continue to do everything we can to get our much-loved brands back on every Wetherspoons bar.”
Customers were not pleased with the shortfall, and took to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction.
“This isn’t good,” one individual observed. “It’s also approaching the weekend.”
“My local spoons are running low, and it’s really horrible to watch, we could have prevented this,” remarked another.
“There needs to be more training for people to learn how to drive an HGV,” a third said.
Food shortages have also hit Mitchells and Butler, which owns more than a dozen brands including Toby Carvery.
There was no Yorkshire in some of its Toby restaurants. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”