99 Flakes, garden furniture and DIY supplies are in short supply. Have stock issues and price increases impacted your shopping experiences?
What have DIY stores’ products, such as steel and timber, got in common with classic ice-cream accompaniment the Cadbury 99 Flake? Both are facing shortages due to unexpectedly strong shopper demand over the last couple of weeks.
The owner of B&Q and Screwfix, Kingfisher, has raised the alarm over shortages of raw materials and potential price surges because of the climbing popularity of DIY owing to lockdown measures, which meant many people were spending more time at home than usual.
This comes as Cadbury’s 99 Flake chocolate has faced similar problems over a surge in demand for the soft serve ice-cream treat and therefore the the crumbly chocolate topping as well.
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A spokesperson for Mondelez (which owns Cadbury’s) said it’s seen a ‘recent increase in demand for our Cadbury 99 Flake in the UK and Ireland that we had not expected.’
Has your shopping experience been affected?
The problems follow Brexit and coronavirus causing comparable difficulties when it came to buying garden furniture, pet food and plants, as Which? reported last month.
Have you noticed shortages of any of these items or any other products when shopping over the last few weeks?
Let me know your experiences in the comments.