Some supermarket shelves across Wales are standing empty as the impact of the supply chain crisis continues to be felt.
“Sorry we are running low on this” signs have become commonplace in stores across major Welsh cities as chains struggle to stock their shelves.
With hauliers delivery services across Wales describing the supply chain as ‘on fire’, the driver shortage has led to the everyday shopper struggling for everyday goods.
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With industry experts warning the issue will get worse before it gets better, empty shelves have been sighted at supermarket retailers all over the country.
On Wednesday (August 25) we went to a number of supermarkets across south Wales to see how bad the shortages really are.
In Asda Pontprennau there were a number of shelves that had little stickers that said ‘Sorry temporarily out of stock’.
The poultry section seemed to have the biggest proportion of these, with certain types and brands of chicken products missing.
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For instance, Asda brand chicken wings, chicken steaks and chicken mince were out of stock, as well as a brand of chicken kebab and chicken ribs.
But there were still plenty of chicken products and different brands of the missing products in abundance, such as thigh fillets and whole chickens.
Elsewhere in the store, some aisles also had these stickers and empty shelves.
For example, in the fizzy drinks aisle, there were quite a few empty shelves – particularly for Pepsi and coca-cola – but on other shelves, there were variations of these drinks that were in stock.
So, again, there were some empty shelves, but if you weren’t fussy about what type of Pepsi you wanted, there was more than enough still available.
Some water was out of stock in the Asda in Cardiff
The same was apparent in the still and sparkling water section, and the squash section – there were some completely empty shelves, but still many brands and types of water and squash still fully in stock.
Some aisles that had less conspicuous shortages, but still had a few shelves that had the ‘out of stock’ stickers, included the crisp aisle (certain types of Sensations crisps were missing), the frozen fruit section (Asda brand blackberries were out of stock), the frozen pizza section (Asda band stonebaked pizza was out of stock).
But again, unless you were looking for these specific products, it probably wouldn’t have been too obvious for shoppers, as all the shelves nearby with similar items were in full stock.
Elsewhere in Tesco supermarkets in Swansea, Fforestfach and Marina.
“Sorry, these products are out of stock” signs were prevalent across the two stores with wide gaps in the empty shelves.
Asda was also hit by the recent chicken shortages
In the meat section, chicken options seemed to be few and far between with both sites having empty shelves for whole chicken.
Breast and thighs were also scarce with significant gaps within the shelves, other meats like beef and pork were well stocked.
Several aisles within the two stores had one or two items missing from the shelves but had other alternatives available.
Signage reappeared in both of the bottled drinks sections with a empty spaces showcasing a shortage on bottled water.
Sparkling water was hard to come by in both stores with the Marina store having more still water choices available.
Frozen vegetables were also scarce within both sites with empty freezers and fridges showcasing the lack of option for customers.
Frozen goods were also in short supply in Asda
Tesco’s frozen vegetable selection was empty
Similar products were also missing from the nearby Sainsbury’s chain in the Marina.
Despite being well-stocked in most aisles, shortages were still evident on a number within the supermarket chain.
Microwaveable meals had only a handful left within the store with a limited choice cuisines available.
Bottled water and sparkling water was significantly short within the store with only packet options being available for customers.
Pet food was also significant lacking on the shelves with cat food only having a limited amount of options available.
Sainsbury’s empty shelves lacking a popular brand of cat food
Elsewhere in the store was well stocked with no signage of shortages being displayed in the frozen goods section.
A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said “Our colleagues and suppliers are working hard to make sure customers can find everything they need when they shop with us. Availability in some product categories may vary but alternatives are available and stores continue to receive deliveries daily.”
Morrisons in Morfa Shopping Park in Swansea also struggled on the signage front despite a number of aisles missing items.
Stickers were used where appropriate to apologise for empty shelves.
Bottled water and sparkling water was short within the store but still had options available for customers.
Big branded fizzy drinks like Fanta were running low with little option for an alternative.
Morrisons own branded sugar drinks were also lacking from the store’s shelves, with a number of their options missing such as Cloudy lemonade.
Asda, Tesco and Morrisons have all been approached by WalesOnline for comment.
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