Nestle hit by supply chain crisis ahead of Christmas

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Nestlé has become the latest victim of a supply chain crisis, with the company saying it is working “hard” to ensure that quality street boxes will be available this Christmas.

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The makers of Lion Bar and Kit Kat have been hit by an ongoing chronic HGV driver shortage, which has led to empty shelves in supermarkets and fuel shortages on the forecourt.

Nestle CEO Mark Schneider said the company is working hard to guarantee that the most popular Christmas treat will be available to Britons this winter.


“Like other businesses, we are seeing some labor shortages and some transport issues, but working creatively with retailers to supply them is a top priority for our UK team,” said Mr Schneider BBC.

Asked if he can guarantee that there will be boxes of Quality Street in stores this December, he said: “We’re working hard.”

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Announced after being told by HGV drivers Granthshala That the Christmas period will bring the worst shortfall in the form of an increase in demand and bulk purchases.

“Christmas is going to be the biggest problem because people will buy their food in bulk for family dinners and then you’ve also got the likes of Amazon and the big online retailers going for a lot more now than they are now.” Driver Jason Garland said.

The government’s recent visa scheme to bring 5,000 foreign lorry drivers to the UK to address the shortage crisis was criticized as the scheme was due to expire on Christmas Eve, prompting drivers interested in filling vacancies. Questions were being raised about the number of

It recently emerged that 127 fuel tanker drivers had applied for the government emergency visa scheme to work in the UK.

“Of course, there is competition for drivers – which is happening across Europe – but it is important that we try to do what we can,” Mr Javid told Sky News on the vacancy issues.

“I am confident that with the temporary visa changes announced, we will get more drivers.”


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