The holidays are still a ways off, but that’s not stopping UK shoppers from buying frozen turkeys.
Discount chain, Aldi, is selling around 1,500 frozen turkeys a day in the UK, four times the amount it normally sells at this time of year. This is happening as people fear supply chain bottlenecks will limit availability of the Christmas favorite.
The US is dealing with similar problems, and experts say American consumers could also struggle to secure their turkeys for Thanksgiving, especially smaller birds. Retailers and restaurants across the US and the UK have faced delays and shortages over the past few months because of a breakdown in the supply chain driven by worker shortages, including lack of truck drivers.
Despite consumers stocking up, Giles Harley, who heads up Aldi’s UK and Irish business, said that the chain was not expecting shortages during the holiday season, stating,
Supply is clearly a concern for the industry given the current challenges, but our teams have been planning this Christmas since the start of the year and we’re not concerned at present about supply issues.