Crisps have become the latest product to be affected by widespread shortages around the country, after Walkers said production on some of its “more niche” varieties had been slowed.
But unlike the problems seen in recent weeks that have affected everything from petrol supplies to Haribo and McDonald’s in the run-up to Christmas, the lack of potato-based goods isn’t being caused by the UK’s shortage of HGV drivers.
Instead, a technical glitch discovered as the company was upgrading its computer systems seems to be to blame for the latest snack scarcity.
Here is everything you need to know about it.
What has caused the shortage?
“A recent IT system upgrade has disrupted the supply of some of our products. Our sites are still making crisps and snacks but at a reduced scale,” a Walkers spokesperson told The Guardian.
Fans of the firm’s most popular products - including cheese and onion, ready salted and salt and vinegar crisps, as well as Quavers and Wotsits cheese puffs - should have less trouble finding their desired snacks on shelves.
Walkers have said production on its “more niche” varieties had been slowed.
Though they did not confirm which lines had been affected, Walkers also produces popular items such as its Oven Baked and ridged ‘Max’ rangers, as well as Monster Munch.
When will Walkers crisps be back on shelves?
“We’re doing everything we can to increase production and get people’s favourites back on shelves,” said the snack spokesperson. “We’re very sorry for the inconvenience caused.”
It is expected that the issue could last until the end of the month of November.
Why have there been so many shortages recently?
While Walkers’ issues stem from a very particular problem, the crisp shortage is just the latest in a long-line that has been affecting British consumers for some weeks.div data-ob-contenturl="https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/national/uk-today/19703956.walkers-issue-warning-uk-crisp-shortage-last-december/" data-ob-installation-key="NEWSQ15BEE3GLF6A6AL9EECN9" data-widget-id="AR_2"">>
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