Supply chain issues remain

Date : 30 August 2023

A range of factors continue to disrupt supply chains including the war in Ukraine, labour shortages, increased costs of production, climate change and extreme weather conditions and the cost-of-living crisis.

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Availability concerns remain elevated

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In the latest consumer research conducted for IGD (23-24 August 2023), six in ten adults (58%) experienced shortages of some food and groceries in-store or online recently. This has remained stable since last month. Although this is significantly lower than when restrictions on fruit and vegetables were introduced in February, this is still far higher than when first measured in July 2021 (50%).

Availability concerns highest for produce and dairy

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Availability concerns have remained relatively flat for fresh produce (25% compared to 24% last month). Availability concerns have continued to decline for dairy (23% compared to 26% last month and 33% in June).

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Availability concerns remain highest in Northern Ireland (75% compared to 48% in East Midlands).

More respondents in Northern Ireland are concerned with availability of fresh produce (44% vs 25% overall).

Availability concerns for dairy is highest in Wales (39%) and lowest in Northern Ireland (11%).

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