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Supply chain disruption hits MacDonald’s

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Written by: Emma Lunn
24/08/2021
The fast food chain is unable to sell milkshakes or any bottled drinks at any of its UK restaurants due to supply chain issues.

MacDonald’s has about 1,250 restaurants across England, Wales and Scotland. Some branches have also run out of bottled water.

A spokesperson for McDonald’s told The Independent: “Like most retailers, we are currently experiencing some supply chain issues, impacting the availability of a small number of products. Bottled drinks and milkshakes are temporarily unavailable in restaurants across England, Scotland and Wales.

“We apologise for any inconvenience, and thank our customers for their continued patience. We are working hard to return these items to the menu as soon as possible.”

Last week Nando’s was forced to temporarily close 50 of its 400 UK restaurants due to supply chain issues, and sent staff to help out at the chain’s suppliers.

The past few months seen food supplies hit by delays at ports, freight and shipping services triggered by Brexit, in addition to workers being forced to self-isolate after being pinged by the NHS Test and Trace app.

Deliveries to supermarkets and retailers have been impacted in recent weeks by a shortage of HGV drivers. Unions have urged the government to get a grip on the crisis.

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