From takeaway chicken to pints of beer, supply chain issues are causing UK consumers to change their choices about what to buy.
Due to a shortage of Covid-19, Brexit, and truck drivers, retailers have been warned about Christmas inventory issues unless action is taken.
These are some of the shortages that could come down the line this winter in a full storm of supply problems:
The UK meat industry has warned that an imminent shortage of carbon dioxide could cause “massive” disruption to supply within two weeks.
Gas is used not only to stun animals before slaughter, but also to vacuum packing.
Warnings have been issued that pork and chicken may disappear from the shelves in the coming weeks.
Turkish supplier Bernard Matthews warns that “Christmas will be canceled” unless the government alleviates the gas shortage.
Since gas is used to add fizz to beer, cider and soft drinks, deficiencies can have a wide range of implications beyond meat. It is also used in some medical procedures and in the nuclear and semiconductor industries.
Rising gas prices, which caused the expected CO2 shortage, also raised concerns about rising household fuel costs.
Secretary of Commerce Kwasi Kwaten reportedly met with senior executives at an energy company, but Kwasi Kwaten said “there are no supply emergencies this winter.”
Energy company light bulbs are reportedly looking for remedies to keep ups and downs as wholesale prices soar.
Wholesale costs have risen 250% since January, and four small energy companies have already gone bankrupt.
Floods in continental Europe in the summer can lead to a shortage of potatoes this winter, according to some experts.
Damage to potato crops in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands can increase demand for UK producers.
There is also growing concern about the labor shortage during the potato harvest season.
It is said that there may be a shortage of roasted potatoes at the Christmas dinner table, but frozen chips may be affected first.
The NHS lacks about 50,000 doctors than what is expected to be one of the worst winters in a record of embarrassed medical services.
The British Medical Association warns that the number is lagging behind comparable European Union countries, with an average of 3.7 in the EU and 2.8 doctors per 1,000.
According to statistics released by the National Bureau of Statistics, there are 167,000 vacancies in health and social care in the UK.
Parents were urged to buy children’s toys early this Christmas as the store suffers from supply chain problems.
One of the reasons is the shortage of shipping containers from Asia and the ongoing shortage of HGV due to the need to supply PPE worldwide during the pandemic.
A major US toy maker has warned that supply chain issues could cause prices to skyrocket. This means that many children will not have the toys they need for Christmas.
Publishers and retailers have warned that books could be delayed this Christmas as a shortage of truck drivers affects delivery.
Waterstones said earlier this month it ordered an early order to increase inventories by a quarter to offset expected distribution problems.
Publishers say Brexit and Covid cocktails, and cargo capacity issues, can lead to delayed deliveries.
The significant increase in record popularity, last seen in the early 1990s, has caused production problems, with significant delays in releases and rising prices reported during the summer.
The world record production capacity is said to be about 160 million units a year. However, the average demand for albums surged from 3,600 to 7,000. This means that production needs to reach up to 400 million copies quickly to catch up.