Oxford Mail readers have been giving their views on photos of empty shelves at a supermarket in Banbury.

Empty crisp, juice and meat shelves have been seen at Tesco Extra in the town.

Signs have been stuck next to empty spaces saying when items will be back in stock.

Shoppers will have to wait to get their hands on Tesco’s six-pack of lentil curls. The sign says: “Sorry. Out of stock. Next delivery expected Monday, November.”

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps insisted last month that measures introduced to tackle supply chain problems will mean “Christmas will go ahead”.

The Cabinet minister claimed steps to ease the flow of goods in the UK “are having an impact”.

GORDON CRAIG: “Yes. Many brands are missing. The supermarkets are trying to fill the spaces but it is still blatantly obvious that there are shortages of certain products. We are not going to run out of food,but we will have a more limited choice of products. Obviously it’s crucial not to panic buy we saw what happened with toilet paper and fuel.”

RYAN SMITH: “I filled up with toilet rolls last night - people please don’t panic.”

DONNA HORTON: “No Walkers’ Crisps at the moment because of technical issues in the factory - there’s plenty for everyone if people don’t panic buy.”

LINDA WATTS: “The Co-op in Eynsham has been empty lately but Long Hanborough Co-op has been full - strange.”

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WILLIAM O’DONNELL: “Thankfully they still have plenty of quinoa and couscous supplies in Waitrose. Oxfordshire you can get through this.”

CHARLOTTE BEERMAN: “All I want is my Marmite crisps - they are so good.”

SARAH WILLIAMS: “My Tassimo coffee was out for a week in Tesco!”

JOANNE CYPHER: “Sarah Williams there is plenty in Morrisons and Asda.”

SARAH WILLIAMS: “Joanne Cypher - its fine I am now stocked up.”

PAT LUCKETT: “Only long life lactose free milk.”

RICHARD HAWKES: “The only place I’ve really noticed it has been in my local Co-op. The big Tesco has always been fully stocked.”

MARIE HADAWAY: “Yes. And fresh produce that is in stock is going off very quickly.”


ANTHONY MARTIN: “I shop online so I never see the shelves.”


OXFORD MAIL READER: “No none at all.”

JAMIE STALKER: “Here we go again everyone start panic buying.”

OXFORD MAIL READER: “I’m going to buy loads of butter, peas and curry sauce.”

OXFORD MAIL READER: “Some people just can’t get it into their brains, there was a shortage of drivers long before Covid or Brexit.

“If companies had paid for proper pay and conditions, instead of relying on cheap foreign labour, this wouldn’t be such a big problem.”

OXFORD MAIL READER: “The HGV industry themselves have produced facts indicating a shortage of drivers from as far back as 2010.”

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OXFORD MAIL READER: “I have three family members who live with their families in mainland Europe - northern France, southern France and Germany.

“They all say there is no sign of empty shelves anywhere nor is it mentioned anywhere that there’s a problem.”

OXFORD MAIL READER: “There are HGV shortages in Germany as well and Americans can’t get turkeys for thanksgiving but yes it’s Brexit

Asda, Co-op and Tesco and Sainsbury are all well stocked.”

OXFORD MAIL READER: “There are many reasons this can happen in-store. Someone not carrying out operational duties, confirming orders, products that were on promotion but are no longer.

“Stock price reductions not being confirmed, therefore the stores system thinks it has more stock than they actually do.

“Items changing product number/barcodes therefore still trying to order on old product codes, and therefore not being delivered.

“The list goes on, nothing to do with Brexit, NHS shortages, Covid, Tories, Lib Dems, right or left wing or any other phenomenon.”

OXFORD MAIL READER: “I’ve been having online deliveries as normal and very rarely is there nothing in stock. I can’t see it’s an urgent problem that people can’t get hold of Prawn Cocktail Quavers.”