Greggs has warned that his vegan sausage bun is the latest product to succumb to the supply chain disruption.
The snack – light puff pastry with a spicy Quorn filling – was brought onto the market by the high street baker in 2019 and quickly became a popular meat-free alternative to its classic sausage rolls and steak and chicken casseroles.
The shortage follows panic buying at UK gas stations, rising heating prices and limited stocks of chips.
Newcastle-based Greggs said there have been “temporary interruptions” in the delivery of products including vegan sausage rolls across the UK.
“Some stores may not have them, or may not have them all day. It varies, ”said a spokesman for the chain, adding that the company is working hard to minimize the disruption and offer a wide range of alternative snacks.
Business in the capital was particularly hard hit when Reuters reporters pointed out that Greggs branches in Twickenham, Richmond and Earls Court ran out of vegan sausage rolls in the first half of this week, the new branch in Canary Wharf on Tuesday and Wednesday has been withdrawn from the product and its South Woodford store sold out on Wednesday.
Greggs chief executive Roger Whiteside warned last month that due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit, the company has not been immune to Britain’s well-documented pressures on workforce and supply chains, and that labor availability and delivery of ingredients and products.
The retail sector veteran told Reuters he wakes up every morning and asks what new item was missing, but promised he wouldn’t run out of sausage rolls.
Despite the disruption in the supply chain, Greggs has rebounded well after its business model was hammered by the pandemic and its stocks soared over 70 percent this year.