“We are confident that our compartments will be full,” Majestic Wine chief denounced fears of stock shortage affecting the liquor industry


“We are confident that our compartments will be full,” Majestic Wine chief denounced fears of stock shortage affecting the liquor industry

  • Drink companies warned yesterday that the UK could face alcohol shortages
  • But Majestic Wine CEO John Colly says his firm has 20% more stock than 2020
  • ONS figures have revealed that the shortage of crisps is improving in Britain


The head of Britain’s largest specialty wine retailer has insisted that its company’s stores will be fully stocked this Christmas despite supply chain issues affecting the beverage sector.

Majestic Wine’s chief executive, John Cooley, said the company had more than 20 percent more stock than last year, including 1.8 million bottles of wine in its warehouses in anticipation of higher demand in the coming weeks.

His comments are in stark contrast to the letter published yesterday by the Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) and signed by tens of organizations, warning that the country could face alcohol shortages during the festive season.

The head of Majestic Wine said this Christmas that his company’s ‘shelves are full’ despite supply chain issues affecting the alcohol sector.

The letter warns that if the HGV driver crisis and disruptions in the freight industry are not adequately addressed, some tipples may disappear on supermarket shelves and drinks businesses lose significant business.

The UK government has been urged to extend the incoming temporary visa scheme for lorry drivers for at least a year, improve the freight lines from ports and provide regular updates on the process of HGV inspections and driving licenses.

Majestic Wine is not a signatory and has largely bypassed issues affecting the alcohol sector, but warned earlier this year that shipments from Europe were suffering.

Collie said: ‘This Christmas could be the year we see other areas gaining prominence in the wake of the shortfall.

‘For example, we are expecting record South Africa and English sparkling sales – in New Zealand and Champagne, respectively.

“With the extra stock we bring and the focus on intuitive sourcing from upcoming areas, we are confident that at least Majestic will have our shelves full.”

A letter from the Wine and Spirits Trade Association warns that if the government does not address the shortage of HGV drivers, the UK could face alcohol shortages this Christmas

A letter from the Wine and Spirits Trade Association warns that if the government does not address the shortage of HGV drivers, the UK could face alcohol shortages this Christmas

A statement by the global research group Kantar Public on behalf of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) came out on the same day to show that British crisps were declining.

One-fifth of stores said they had a short supply of crisps and multi-packs, compared to 30 percent the previous week – 4 percent of stores said they had no stock.

The shortfall will reduce its origins at the popular snack maker Walker’s Leicester factory, following technical problems caused by upgrading the site’s IT system.

Although the IT problem was eventually solved, it led to the low availability of consumer favorites such as Monster Munch, Quavers and Votsits and, in some cases, supermarket shelves virtually empty of crisps.

Supply problems: According to the Office for National Statistics, a fifth of stores said they had a lower supply of multi-packs of crisps compared to the previous week's 30 percent.

Supply problems: According to the Office for National Statistics, a fifth of stores said they had a lower supply of multi-packs of crisps compared to the previous week’s 30 percent.

Many stores have reported a lack of painkillers such as ibuprofen and paracetamol, as well as a lack of fresh pork and frozen turkey, but only a few stores have reported a shortage of beer, fresh fruit and toothpaste.

Supply chain problems are common in Britain and elsewhere as businesses adapt to changes in consumer demand, as well as the availability of workers after the Covid-19 epidemic and in the UK after Brexit.

ONS reported that 14 percent of businesses surveyed reported a shortage of workers in late November, the same as the previous month.

This rose to 38 per cent in the housing and food services sectors, which displaced many staff during the epidemic and has become increasingly dependent on European Union workers in the past.

The Bank of England is looking closely at the job market for signs of wage pressure – or vice versa, high unemployment since the end of furlough support on October 1 – on whether to raise interest rates on December 16.

Previous official figures showed a record 1.17 million job vacancies in the three months to the end of October.

Thursday’s data showed that the proportion of online job ads was 44 percent higher than its pre-epidemic level, but as of the previous week, consumer spending on credit and debit cards was 3 percent higher than before. Adjustment basis.

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