BRADFORD Greggs bakeries have been hit by an ingredient shortage which the company has said means some items will be missing in the coming days and weeks.

Earlier this week, the much-loved bakery chain said it has “not been immune” to well-publicised supply chain pressures affecting the UK’s food and drinks firms.

It told shareholders on Tuesday morning that it has “seen some disruption to the availability of labour and supply of ingredients and products in recent months”.

Bradford’s stores have been affected by the shortage, particularly on items which rely on ingredients coming in from abroad.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Perusing the Greggs stores in Bradford city centre today, the bakery in Broadway was closed around 2pm, with a sign in the window saying “some favourites are missing”.

The sign read: “We’re sorry but we might not have your favourite available today.

“We’re working around the clock to get more stock to this shop as soon as we can.

“We’re really sorry for any disappointment caused.”

At the bakery in the Kirkgate centre, the sandwich shelves seemed particularly bare and the bakery’s vegan range was also entirely missing, however whether that’s down to ingredient shortages or just hungry customers is unknown.

Greggs is the latest business to be hit by supply chain issues caused by Covid and Brexit.

Supermarkets have warned of product shortages due to these issues, some restaurants have had to close due to not having enough stock being delivered, with the Government trying to figure out what can be done to ease the issues.

There was also the fuel shortage, with a lack of specially skilled tanker drivers meaning companies couldn’t get fuels to the pumps, leading to some people panic buying fuel.

In an ONS survey, 60 per cent of people said they’d found their food shop more difficult than usual due to shortages in some products, with 43 per cent reporting less variety and 14 per cent having to visit different supermarkets to get everything they need.

Also impacting food supplies are a shortage of workers on farms, with some farmers reporting their vegetables rotting in the fields as the usual seasonal workers from Eastern Europe not coming due to Covid and Brexit, while some abattoirs have felt the same shortage with some pigs having to be killed “as waste” because there’s not enough butchers to meet demand.