Supply chain shortages are increasingly visible to consumers around the world, as prices rise and some items disappear from menus altogether. Now, in the UK, McDonald’s has temporarily halted its milkshakes, along with a number of other drinks, at its nearly 1,300 restaurants in the area.
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“Like most retailers, we are currently experiencing supply chain issues, which is impacting the availability of a small number of products,” a company spokesperson said Tuesday, Aug. 24. “Bottled drinks and milkshakes are temporarily unavailable at restaurants in England, Scotland and Wales. “
As many regions see ingredient costs rise and labor availability plummet, the problem is particularly pronounced in the UK, with the shortage of truck drivers exacerbated by Brexit bureaucracy, AP reports. The problems are affecting restaurants large and small, to the chagrin of consumers.
Last week, Nando’s closed 45 of its restaurants in the area, following a chicken shortage.
“Hey, the UK supply chain has a bit of a ‘mare right now,’ the company tweeted, in response to a tweet from a consumer calling for out-of-stock.“ It’s having a ripple effect on some people. of our restaurants in England, Scotland and Wales. We hope to be up and running again soon. “
Hey, the UK supply chain is a little bit of a mare right now. This is having a ripple effect on some of our restaurants in England, Scotland and Wales. We hope to be operational again soon
– Nando (@NandosUK) August 18, 2021
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Nando’s wasn’t the only chain of chickens to break the bad news via Twitter. Earlier this month, KFC UK tweeted a “warning” that supply chain issues could affect the availability of certain items.
“In our country, there has been some disruption over the past few weeks – so things might be a little different on your next visit,” the statement read. “You may find that some items are not available or that our packaging may appear a little different from normal. We know this is not ideal, we are working hard to make it right.
The Colonel has just come out of a long day in the deep fryers and wanted to share the following message. pic.twitter.com/XuHtQNWe8M
– KFC UK (@KFC_UKI) August 11, 2021
Likewise, at the end of July, Taco Bell UK faced a shortage of proteins, fillings, tortillas and drinks.
In addition to existing labor shortages, many truck drivers across the country are on strike, demanding better wages. The strike threatens beer supplies for pubs for the country’s upcoming summer holidays on August 30. Beers are out of stock and pubs have closed, to the disappointment of some traders and the aggravation of others. bartenders. Local brewers are looking to turn the shortage of consumer brands into an opportunity.
“Amid fears that the taps will go dry, pubs, bars and restaurants should look beyond the beers mass-produced by the Globals and speak to their local independent breweries,” said James Calder, chief executive of the Society of Independent Brewers, in a statement. “Being local, they have the ability to brew and bring beer directly to places from top to bottom in the UK. “
Part of the labor shortage also comes down to what the country has called “pingemia,” a term resulting from the National Health Service’s application, which can ping people when they have been. in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus. This alert system prompted many people to self-quarantine, further reducing the labor pool.
In fact, the BBC reported in late July that around one in five hotel workers self-quarantine, and some bar workers are even being asked to remove the app, which worries some workers, who believe that the dangers of the virus are not to be taken seriously.
“The worst-case scenario is I’m positive, I just go to work and pass it on to staff and customers and it actually puts people’s lives at risk,” one bartender said at the point of sale, “and it’s is something I’m not comfortable doing. “