UK facing its ‘most serious’ supermarket shortage, warns Co-op boss

Brexit and Covid-19 have caused the most serious supermarket shortages “ever” according to Co-op chief executive Steve Murrells.

The executive told The Times that “the shortages are at a worse level than at any time I have seen.”

The news comes as the retail industry battles a 100,000 strong HGV driver shortage across the UK.

Around 14,000 European lorry drivers are thought to have left the UK in the year ending June 2020 according to a ONS Labour Force Survey.

Co-op is offering staff schemes to retrain as lorry drivers, while Aldi is set to raise wages, and Tesco is offering new drivers a £1,000 signing on bonus.

Restaurant chain Nando’s closed almost 50 restaurants because of reduced chicken supplies earlier this month, while McDonald's ran out of milkshakes and some bottled drinks at restaurants earlier this week.

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