26% of shops low on crisps after Walkers glitch

FMCGSuppliers

Around one in four shops are running out of crisps after Walkers was hit by a botched computer upgrade.

The Mirror reports that, between 12 and 15 November, 26 per cent of stores had a limited supply of crisps, while 4 per cent did not stock any multipacks.

It comes a month after Walkers’ Leicester factory, which can produce up to five million packets a day, suffered an IT failure.

The manufacturer was forced to scale back production, concentrating on mainstream flavours like Ready Salted, Cheese & Onion, and Salt & Vinegar.

READ MORE: Crisps listed for £7 on eBay as Walkers runs out

Walkers’ woes are not expected to last beyond this month, with supplies said to be back to normal by Christmas.

A spokesman was “very sorry” for the production delays and shortages last week.

“A recent IT system upgrade has disrupted the supply of some of our products,” he said.

“Our sites are still making crisps and snacks but at a reduced scale.

“We’re doing everything we can to increase production and get people’s favourites back on shelves.”

Attempting to take advantage of the crisis, a number of eBay sellers have massively inflated the prices of single crisp packets.

One account, claiming to provide food at “rock bottom prices”, listed a bag of salt and vinegar crisps at £6.89.

Click here to sign up to Grocery Gazette’s free daily email newsletter

FMCGSuppliers

RELATED POSTS

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill out this field
Fill out this field
Please enter a valid email address.

Menu

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER

Sign up to our daily newsletter to get all the latest retail tech news and insights direct to your inbox.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.