Many shelves in Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores in Ely are bare as Covid and Brexit have combined to create a hold up in deliveries. Toilet roll and water are among the items in short supply, with a critical shortage of lorry drivers being blamed.
Meat shelves are also emptier than usual, with experts warning British meat could run out in two weeks after soaring energy prices led to a drop off in CO2 supplies, impacting the meat industry's ability to slaughter animals humanely.
Sainsbury’s has even started putting boxes and crates on its shelves to create the illusion that they are full.
Costa Coffee also apologised to its customers this morning after experiencing shortages. A notice at the shop inside Tesco in Ely said: “We are currently experiencing some shortages and as a result some items may be temporarily unavailable. We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience and would like to thank you for your patience whilst our team members work hard to continue to serve you tour Costa favourites.”