Minister declares UK supermarket stocks returned to normal

Food stocks in UK supermarkets have “returned to normal” according to Environment Secretary George Eustice after bulk-buying left shelves empty.

At the daily No 10 press conference, he said panic buying created problems initially, but ‘that episode quickly subsided.’

In the coming weeks, available food delivery slots across the entire supermarket chain will grow from 2.6 million to 2.9 million, having increased from 2.1 million at the beginning of the pandemic.

He said food availability has been back to normal for several weeks, but added while “supermarkets have taken steps to increase their capacity… will still not be enough to meet all of the demand that is out there”:

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Lizzie Day