Quality Street shortage warning as delivery and staff issues could disrupt Xmas supplies

It seems like Christmas may not be a very jolly one this year, with yet another product being hit by shortage warnings.

The makers of Christmas chocolate favourite Quality Street have admitted they are up against it in the run-up to the festive season, according to Hull Live.

Nestle says it is ‘working hard’ to avoid disruption amid delivery problems and staff shortages that have seen warnings of a shortage of other festive staples such as turkeys and pigs in blankets, reports The Telegraph.

The chocolate company’s chief executive Mark Schneider told the BBC: “Like other businesses, we are seeing some labour shortages and some transportation issues but it’s our UK team’s top priority to work constructively with retailers to supply them.”

Makers say delivery and staff issues could threaten Xmas supplies

A Nestle spokesman said: “Like all businesses we are managing a number of challenges at the moment but we are working hard to mitigate those issues and are not seeing, or expecting, a material impact on supply.

“Our factory in Halifax manufactures up to 12 million Quality Street sweets every day and there will be plenty to go around this Christmas.”

The news of possible chocolate shortages follows a warning that British turkeys, gammon and pigs in blankets may also be in short supply this festive season.

Near empty shelves in Sainsburys
Many other Christmas favourites could also be in short supply this festive season

Nick Allen, chief executive of the British Meat Processors Association, has said Christmas turkeys are likely to be from the continent this year due to labour shortages in Britain following Brexit, and added that some foods like pigs in blankets may not be available.

He told Sky News: “We’re not saying that there’s not going to be food on the table at Christmas, but we’re struggling to put the party food together – the pigs in blankets, the netting of gammons.

Frozen food supermarket Iceland has reported a 409% increase in frozen turkey sales amid warnings from the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, that food shortages could last into the festive season.

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