Supermarket food shortages could ‘cancel Christmas’ warns Iceland boss

 THE boss of Iceland has warned that shortages could hit Christmas food supplies.

Richard Walker, the supermarket's chief executive, has said that a lack of lorry drivers is threatening supplies.

Empty shelves have become a familiar sight in shops
Empty shelves have become a familiar sight in shopsCredit: PA

Gaps on supermarket shelves have been spotted across the country due to a combination of factors, including lorry driver shortages and Covid.

Supplier issues have also led to shortages at fast food chains like McDonald's, Nandos and KFC, with some items off menus and branches closed.

McDonald's yesterday warned that there was a nation-wide shortage of milkshakes at its more than 1,000 restaurants.

The Sun first revealed last week that Nandos was forced to close nearly 50 branches after running out of chicken.

Speaking on the BBC's Today programme Mr Walker said: "The reason for sounding the alarm now is that we've already had one Christmas cancelled at the last minute. I'd hate this one to be problematic as well."

"We start to stock-build from September onwards for what is a hugely important time of year.

"We've got a lot of goods to transport between now and Christmas and a strong supply chain is vital for everyone."

He said the shortage of drivers is impacting the supermarket daily and creating shortages on shelves.

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