Fast food giant McDonald's is experiencing supply chain issues that have affected the availability of shakes and bottled drinks at its 1,250 outlets in England, Scotland and Wales.
The company has cited a nationwide shortage of HGV drivers as the main reason why they are having supply chain issues and they are not alone. Several other major restaurant chains, supermarkets and other retailers are experiencing the same issues.
Luckily for McDoanld's fans, there are still some alternatives available on their menus such as Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate McFlurry and Big Mac fans will be happy to know that their flagship product has a steady supply, for now at least.
Nando's had to close some of their outlets after running out of chicken 50 branches nationwide were affected by the shortage, while their fried chicken rivals KFC also announced that they have taken some items off the menu due to shortages.
In a recent visit to Croydon IKEA we noticed that their entire section of kitchen knives was empty. When we asked one of the staff members why that is, they said 'they are having issues with European manufacturers not being able to ship products in a timely fashion.
Why is there a shortage of HGV Drivers?
The pingdemic is one major cause of the shortage of drivers but it isn't the only reason why hauliers in the UK are in short supply. Brexit has also played a role with over 14,000 European drivers leaving the UK in 2020 after Brexit kicked in.
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There could be more pain to come as experts are warning that major UK supermarkets may have to raise their prices due to the haulier shortage crisis.