Turkey panic purchasing has gripped the United Kingdom, as customers fear Xmas shortages, resulting in a 400% rise in sales.
Customers are “worried about food availability,” according to supermarket giant Iceland, which has seen a fourfold spike in Christmas turkey purchases.
Despite Health Secretary Sajid Javid’s assurance that Christmas will not be canceled, worried customers have started panic buying turkeys.
According to supermarket giant Iceland, sales of frozen turkeys have soared by more than 400 percent over previous year.
Iceland disclosed in September 2021 that sales of the frozen Christmas classic increased 409 percent over the same month the previous year, prompting buyers to become “worried about food availability.”
According to Richard Harrow, Chief Executive of the British Frozen Food Federation, some customers have “permanently converted” to buying frozen meals throughout the pandemic.
He went on to say that during the Covid pandemic, frozen food has expanded “rapidly.”
“This, combined with current food supply difficulties, implies that many people will choose frozen this Christmas,” he said.
While concerns with turkey production are being handled, Conservative Party Chairman Oliver Dowden has pledged to ensure that people will be able to buy turkeys for their Christmas dinners.
On Sunday, he told Sky News’ Trevor Phillips, “We will make sure that people have their turkeys for Christmas.”
“I know Environment Secretary George Eustice has this at the top of his priority list.
“We aren’t the only ones in the UK who think this way.
“There are driver shortages in Poland, the United States, and other countries – this is due to a variety of circumstances.”
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has refused to rule out the possibility of food shortages lasting until Christmas.
Mr Johnson stated during the first day of the Tory party conference in Manchester on Sunday that Britain was going through a “period of adjustment” to secure higher wages for British workers.
When asked if there will be food shortages over the holidays, the Prime Minister stated, “We are going to witness a moment where the world economy, particularly the UK economy, is sucking in demand extremely fast because of the speed of recovery.”
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, on the other hand, has maintained that the Government cannot be blamed for the empty shelves.
According to the Telegraph, she denied that the government could be held “responsible for what’s in the shops.”
“I don’t believe in a command and control economy,” she remarked, “therefore I don’t think the Prime Minister is responsible for what’s in the stores.”
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