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There’s no shortage of HP sauce, salad cream and Lynx in these fresh food aisles

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Almost industrial quantities of everyday items have appeared in supermarkets in an apparent attempt to fill empty shelves.
That’s not what I usually find in the fruit and veg section… (Pictures: SWNS/reelofthe51st/OnlyOneT)

Almost industrial quantities of everyday items have appeared in unexpected places in supermarkets as they turn to creative ways to plug gaps on shelves.

Britain’s dearth of lorry drivers led to Waitrose offering salaries upward of £50,000 in a recruitment tempter.

The consequences have been seen across the country, with bare shelves an increasingly common sight and one in six shoppers saying they have been unable to find the vital products they need.

While many supermarkets are struggling to get sufficient stock delivered, other items are in far from short supply.

Bemused customers spotted a huge display of sunflower oil at the end of a frozen food aisle at Tesco Extra in Cardiff.

Fruit and vegetables buckets offered large grab bags of Quality Street, Celebrations and Heroes chocolates at Co-op.

The retailer placed salad cream and HP Sauce in chillers, while a Tesco in Pontypridd, South Wales, put a wall of tomatoes in place of the usual salad items.

Gloucester Asda store which has filled empty shelves with Lynx Africa on the toiletries aisle is pictured this morning Gloucester Asda which has filled empty shelves with Lynx Africa. Gloucester, Gloucestershire. 14 October 2021.
Gloucester Asda has filled empty shelves with countless Lynx Africa deodorants (Picture: SWNS)
Empty shelves at supermarket filled with random items Heather Penny Blue heartFlag of European Union @reelofthe51st ? Oct 12 Replying to @OnlyOneT @RemainerNow and @timclark53 Yep....that's our local Co-op....Chocolates in the vegetable section too Face with rolling eyesFace with rolling eyes
Far less nutritious offerings in this Co-op fruit and vegetables stand

In Gloucester, Asda filled an enormous row of shelves exclusively with Lynx Africa deodorant, MailOnline reports.

Sainsbury’s, meanwhile, was caught filling a patisserie aisle with bottle drinks in Bristol.

Empty shelves at supermarket filled with random items Stuart Turner @OnlyOneT ? Sep 17 Local coop supermarket is so short of stock through supply chain issues caused by brexit and COVID they?ve taken to filling the empty refrigerated section with what ever they do have?
A Co-op is so short of stock they’ve taken to filling a refrigerated section with sauces

Retailers and suppliers have been struggling to meet demand because thousands of European drivers have left the country.

A combination of Brexit changes and an exodus of HGV drivers returning home post-lockdown have left the industry severely short of manpower.

Bottled drinks are used to fill a patisserie aisle at a Sainsbury's supermarket in Bristol, pictured today Bottled drinks are used to fill a Patisserie aisle in Sainsbury;s supermarket in Bristol, October 13 2021
Bottled drinks are used to fill a patisserie aisle at a Sainsbury’s in Bristol
Empty shelves of frozen turkey and stuffing balls in the freezer aisle at Asda in Kettering, Northamptonshire. Picture date: Thursday October 14, 2021. PA Photo. The majority of retail bosses plan to put up prices on goods by the end of the year due to soaring supply chain costs, and one in 10 have already done so, according to Helen Dickinson, the head of the British Retail Consortium (BRC). See PA story CONSUMER Shortages. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Empty shelves of frozen turkey and stuffing balls in the freezer aisle at Asda in Kettering (Picture: PA)

A new survey found a quarter of people are concerned that items they may want to buy on Black Friday could be out of stock due to transport problems.

Comparison website PriceRunner said its analysis found that some prices have already started to rise ahead of the annual discount shopping event.

It predicted that some retailers may avoid lowering prices on some popular products ‘that are hard to get on shelves, in order to not run out of stock completely and disappoint consumers’.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said that, despite supply chain issues, there will be a ‘good amount of Christmas presents available’ this year.


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