Tesco bosses have issued an announcement to customers about stockpiling. A number of supermarkets have been affected by the rush to buy essentials.
“We, and I’m sure our competitors, are re-filling our supply chains as rapidly as ever we can.”
He added the supermarket will only see “very short term, temporary shortages of certain products.”
“People aren’t buying everything and expecting the world to end, what they’re doing is taking a very considered view, which is ‘what are the things with long life that I can hold – pasta, UHT milk, frozen – and I’m going to buy 20 to 40 percent more of those categories’,” he said.
“So the cumulative effect is it will put the factories, the depots and the shops under pressure in terms of replenishment.”
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But will his advice be enough to stop panic shoppers fro mass buying products.
There have been concerns that baby formula is running out amid coronavirus panic.
Panic in Australia seems to have caused a lack of the essential for parents.
Sharing a picture online, one concerned parent showed the shelves bare in her local supermarket.
She wrote: “I desperately need baby formula and toilet paper – and the panic buyers have cleaned out the store entirely. Absolutely ridiculous. #coronavirus”
Stockpiling supplies is being advised against by the government.
The UK government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said: “I think the advice is that there is absolutely no reason to be doing any panic buying of any sort or going out and keeping large supplies of things.
“Clearly there will need to be measures in cases of household quarantine for making sure food is in the right place at the right time.
“We imagine that could be a rolling case of household quarantine if that measure becomes necessary, and clearly things will need to be in place for care homes and so on if that decision is made.”