The BRITS have already freaked crackers into buying turkeys as sales of the frozen poultry rocket have increased by more than 400%.
Fearing the Christmas dinner might be “canceled” due to shortages, thousands flocked to supermarkets to stock up early as Boris Johnson admitted the country’s delivery crisis could last for months.
The Icelandic supermarket chain revealed that sales of frozen turkeys were up 409% from the same period last year, admitting that customers are “concerned about the food supply,” the Telegraph reports.
The frozen empire had already increased its turkey order by 20% in anticipation of soaring demand.
Fears that turkeys are scarce have grown as the government scrambles to fill a desperate shortage of truckers.
This morning, the prime minister said he agreed with Rishi Sunak that the delivery chaos could extend into the holiday season.
The Chancellor warned that the shortages “are very real” and that “we are seeing real disruptions in supply chains in different sectors”.
Pressed if he agreed, Mr Johnson told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that Mr Sunak was “rightâ¦ but it depends on how you interpret what he is saying”.
He was only convinced that Christmas “will be considerably better” than last year – when Covid’s instant restrictions banned travel for millions of people.
Conservative Party Chairman Oliver Dowden had assured the British would be able to get their turkeys from Christmas dinner.
Making a cast iron guarantee, he told Sky News: “We will make sure people have their turkeys for Christmas.”
From tomorrow, the army will start delivering gasoline to the forecourt in an attempt to bring the fuel crisis under control.
The 200 soldiers will be added to the 5,000 temporary visas for foreign truck drivers recruited to fill the shortage of truck drivers.
Mr Johnson is reluctant to hire more foreign workers to fill the shortage and prefers to persuade Britons to get behind the wheel for better pay.
He said: “The way forward for our country is not to simply pull on the great lever that is uncontrolled immigration.”
Meanwhile, the British have been warned to brace for a “nightmare” Christmas with nut roasts replacing turkey, beer shortages and gifts not arriving.
‘LACK OF CHOICE’
Experts have warned that there will be a “glaring lack of choice” on supermarket shelves, with some festive favorites likely to be scarce.
Industry insiders have warned that fallout from a week of major disruption could take a month or more to be fully repaired.
And now some of Britain’s biggest retailers are sounding the alarm bells on supplies of goods entering the country for Christmas.
Shore Capital retail analyst Clive Black told The Times he expects the holiday season to be “a nightmare for consumers.”
He said: âThere will be food on the supermarket shelves, but there will be a glaring lack of choice.
âLabor shortages have meant companies haven’t laid the same number of turkeys or planted the same number of crops.
âAnd the shortage of truck drivers compounds the problem.
âA lot of people who eat on Christmas Day will ask ‘what is this?’ It won’t be traditional. “
He predicted that other meats and nut roasts will replace turkey, and soft drinks like beer could be scarce and expensive.
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