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Morrisons sorry for empty shelves in Hull supermarket

A popular supermarket in Hull has apologised to customers after suffering shortages of stocks on Saturday.

Morrisons, in Holderness Road, blamed supply issues for running out of lettuce, caused by “low availability”. The meat and poultry aisle also had a number of empty shelves.

A customer information notice revealed the reason for the shortage of lettuce. “Due to disruptions within our supply chain, we are seeing low availability on lettuce,” it read. “Apologies for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.”

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One disgruntled customer affected by the shortages at Morrisons told Hull Live: “You’d expect the big supermarkets to have this sort of stuff in stock. It’s worrying that they can’t even get the basics like salad and chicken in.

“It’s not the end of the world but when you’re turning to frozen and tinned items instead it really says something about where we’re going. Whatever the issue is it needs sorting.”



Empty shelves in the meat aisle at Morrisons, Holderness Road, Hull.

Have you experienced lettuce and meat supply shortages this weekend at other supermarkets in Hull? Let us know in the comments.

The war in Ukraine and a number of other crises, including flooding in Spain, have raised fears of shortages of some foodstuffs. Last month the government reassured the public that action was being taken to reduce the impact on food supply chains caused by the Ukraine crisis. Before the conflict, the country was one of the largest exporters of wheat in the world.

Co-op’s new boss recently confirmed the chain’s own difficulties in sourcing supplies of lettuce, as well as vegetable oil and rapeseed oil. While the oil shortages were due to Ukraine, recent floods in Spain were blamed for the reduced supplies of lettuce.

Last month, The Grocer magazine warned strikes in Spain were increasing pressure on supplies of fruit, veg and salad. Spain is a key supplier of fresh produce to the UK but has suffered a spate of bad weather and transportation issues.

Morrisons has been contacted for comment.

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