Fears no Quality Street at Christmas as Nestlé hit with supply chain issues

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Quality Street tin (John Lewis)
Quality Street tin (John Lewis)

Quality Street’s makers Nestlé were the latest company to be hit with supply chain problems in the lead up to Christmas.

Nestlé also makes Smarties, Milkybars, Aeros, KitKats and Lion bars as the world’s largest producer of dairy products.

Chief executive of Nestle Mark Schneider said the company were working hard to keep their products on the shelves over the festive period.

He 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.”

Asked if Quality Street would be available for Christmas, he said: “We are working hard.”

Later in a statement, Nestlé reassured shoppers there would be enough Quality Street tins to go around at Christmas time.

It read: “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 a material impact on supply.

“Our factory in Halifax manufactures up to 12m Quality Street sweets every day.”

Supply chain issues have been plaguing a number of retailers after a shortage of HGV drivers.

It comes as budget supermarket Aldi revealed it was selling 1,500 frozen turkey crowns a day ahead of Christmas.

Already in October families have begun stockpiling as much as £2,000 worth of food for the festive season amid fears about shortages.

Staff from Aldi told consumer journalist Harry Wallop at a Christmas showcase they are selling 1,500 frozen turkey crowns a day and pudding sales are up 45 per cent on last year.

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