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UK crisp shortage eases after earlier supply problems

According to a news report by Reuters, fewer shops in Britain have shortages of potato crisps this week than the week before, official figures showed on Thursday, in a sign that supply problems for the popular snack food are easing.

Some 24% of food shops surveyed by Kantar Public for the Office for National Statistics had no or low stocks of multi-packs of crisps between Nov. 19 and Nov. 22, down from 30% the week before.

Britain’s biggest crisp producer Walkers, part of PepsiCo, had to scale back production at the start of the month after problems with an IT systems upgrade, which it warned could take weeks to fix. 

Supply chain problems have been common in Britain and elsewhere as businesses adjust to shifts in consumer demand and the availability of workers following the COVID-19 pandemic – and, in Britain’s case, Brexit.

Source: Reuters. Read the full story here
Photo: A worker wears a face mask at the Walkers crisps factory, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Leicester, Britain, July 1, 2020. Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble

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