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Chicken bakes unavailable in Kent Greggs stores as chain is hit by supply issues

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Original article from Kent Live

Chicken bakes are currently unavailable in several Greggs stores in Kent as the chain is hit by supply issues.

Retailers continue to struggle against a shortfall of HGV drivers, leading to Nandos turning customers way and Costa slashing their menu.

Bakery chain Greggs has confirmed "interruptions in supply for some ingredients", which means some items are temporarily unavailable.

Read more: Nando's turns away Kent customers as several restaurants closed over supply issues

It has been reported that some shops have run out of chicken bakes and The Mirror noted that the popular snack was unavailable in some locations in Kent.

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However, a spokesperson from Greggs said "there are no current supply issues with our chicken bakes".

Despite this, customers have taken to social media to complain about a lack of food, with one person tweeting a sign from inside one Greggs store which reads: "We're sorry but we might not have your favourite sandwich available today.

Chicken bakes were unavailable in Greggs stores across Kent due to supply issues

"We're working around the clock to get more stock to this shop as soon as we can. We're really sorry for any disappointment caused."

Greggs couldn't confirm exactly what products are being affected when asked by The Mirror yesterday.

The high street chain has several chicken items on its menu including the chicken bake, chargrill chicken oval bite, and several chicken-filled baguettes and sandwiches.

A Greggs spokesperson told The Mirror: "Unfortunately, like others , we’re seeing temporary interruptions in supply for some ingredients which occasionally results in shops not being able to maintain full availability on all lines.

"However, we have a wide range of choices in our menu for customers happy to buy an alternative."

Meanwhile Costa is offering a reduced menu, with customers claiming some stores have run out of decaffeinated coffee.

The coffee chain said on Twitter: "We are facing some supply chain issues just now. We're working hard to resolve this ASAP."

Costa Coffee has also faced supply issues

A Costa spokesperson told The Mirror: “Like many other businesses, we are currently experiencing some stock shortages and as a result some items may be temporarily unavailable.

“We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience caused to our customers.”

Greggs and Costa join a growing list of fast food chains that are experiencing shortages in recent weeks.

McDonald’s ran out of milkshakes in some of its restaurants earlier this week, while KFC was forced to take some items off the menu due to a lack of stock last week.

Nando's closed several of its stores across Kent due to supply issues

While neither of the fast food chains have specifically confirmed what the problems are, retailers across the UK have been grappling with a shortfall of around 100,000 HGV drivers.

The lack of drivers was an issue before Covid-19 but experts say the shortfall has been made worse due to the pandemic and a backlog of driver tests.

Brexit and post-EU rules have also been linked to the issues – about 14,000 European lorry drivers left the UK last year and only 600 have returned, according to statistics.

All major supermarkets, including Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Asda, have seen shelves left empty in recent weeks.

Supermarkets have faced empty shelves due to supply issues

Aldi and Lidl also responded to complaints from customers last month.

The update from Greggs comes as the boss of supermarket chain Co-op warned how food shortages are at the worst level he’s ever seen.

Meanwhile, the managing director of Iceland has said he fears supply chain issues could “cancel” Christmas this year.

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