Greggs has warned its vegan sausage roll is the newest product to succumb to produce chain disruption.
The snack – gentle puff pastry with a seasoned Quorn filling – was launched by the excessive road baker in 2019 and rapidly turned a well-liked meat-free various to its traditional sausage roll and steak and hen bakes.
The scarcity follows panic shopping for at Britain’s gasoline pumps, hovering heating costs and restricted provides of crisps.
Greggs, based mostly in Newcastle, mentioned there have been “short-term interruptions” to provides of merchandise together with vegan sausage rolls throughout the UK.
“Some outlets could not have them or could not have them all through the day. It varies,” mentioned a spokesperson for the chain, including that the agency was working laborious to minimise the disruption and did provide a broad vary of other snacks.
Shops within the capital had been significantly laborious hit with Reuters reporters noting Greggs branches in Twickenham, Richmond and Earls Court docket out of vegan sausage rolls within the first half of this week, its new outlet in Canary Wharf out of the product on Tuesday and Wednesday and its South Woodford department out of inventory on Wednesday.
Greggs chief govt Roger Whiteside warned final month that the agency had not been resistant to Britain’s well-documented pressures on staffing and provide chains because of the affect of the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit, and had seen some disruption to the provision of labour and provide of elements and merchandise.
The retail sector veteran advised Reuters he wakes up each morning asking what new merchandise had disappeared, however he pledged to not run out of sausage rolls.
Regardless of the provision chain disruption, Greggs has recovered properly after its enterprise mannequin was hammered by the pandemic and its shares are up over 70 per cent this yr.