Greggs warns vegan sausage rolls are in short supply across the UK

Now supply chain crisis hits GREGGS: Bakery warns vegan sausage rolls are off the menu or in short supply across the country

  • Greggs said there were ‘temporary interruptions’ to supplies of products in UK
  • Bakery chain said this included vegan sausage roll, which was launched in 2019
  • One fan of the baked good wrote: ‘I think this is grounds for going back to bed’
  • Similar supply issues have also hit McDonald’s, Pizza Express and Wetherspoons

Greggs has warned customers they may not be able to get hold of vegan sausage rolls as it becomes the latest product to succumb to supply chain disruption.

The bakery chain said there were ‘temporary interruptions’ to supplies of products, including its light puff pastry with a seasoned Quorn filling, across the UK.

First launched in 2019, Greggs’ vegan sausage roll rose in popularity as a healthy alternative to its classic sausage roll and steak and chicken bakes. 

The baked good’s shortage sparked an outcry on social media, with one person writing: ‘I think this is grounds for going back to bed.’

Similar supply chain issues have recently hit other food chains including McDonald’s, Pizza Express and Wetherspoons. 

Greggs said there were ‘temporary interruptions’ to supplies of products, including its vegan sausage rolls, across the UK (file photo of chain’s South Woodford store in London)

First launched in 2019, Greggs’ vegan sausage roll rose in popularity as a healthy alternative to its classic sausage roll and steak and chicken bakes

A spokesperson for Greggs said: ‘Some shops may not have them or may not have them throughout the day. It varies.’ 

They added that the Newcastle-based firm was working hard to minimise the disruption and did offer a broad range of alternative snacks.

Reacting to the shortage, one Twitter user posted: ‘Devastated. Greggs had no vegan sausage rolls today.

‘I think this is grounds for going back to bed.’

Another wrote: ‘Still upset that Greggs were out of vegan sausage rolls when I went on my lunch break today.’

A third added: ‘Can every Manchester Greggs stop running out of vegan sausage rolls?’

And a fourth said: ‘Really want a Greggs vegan sausage roll but the Greggs closest to me didn’t have any left yesterday and it was the final straw that made me have a meltdown, and I’m so scared of being let down again.’ 

Stores in the capital were particularly hard hit with Greggs branches in Twickenham, Richmond and Earls Court out of vegan sausage rolls in the first half of this week.

Fans of the baked good bemoaned the shortage on social media, with one writing: ‘I think this is grounds for going back to bed’

The chain’s new outlet in Canary Wharf was also out of the product on Tuesday and Wednesday while its South Woodford branch was out of stock on Wednesday.

Greggs CEO Roger Whiteside warned last month that the firm had not been immune to Britain’s well-documented pressures on staffing and supply chains due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit, with the company seeing some disruption to the availability of labour and supply of ingredients and products.

The retail sector veteran said he woke up every morning asking what new item had disappeared, but pledged to not run out of sausage rolls. 

It follows similar problems experienced by other food chains, with Pizza Express left without ingredients to make spaghetti bolognese last month.

The chain said that after the ‘temporary’ shortage of ingredients for the sauce, which is made in the UK, ‘deliveries are running again’.

 It follows similar problems experienced by other food chains, with Pizza Express left without ingredients to make spaghetti bolognese last month (file photo)

Meanwhile, McDonald’s was forced to remove the popular Chicken Legend burger from its menu due to ongoing supply chain issues

And unimpressed punters were left to eat unseasoned pub lunches after JD Wetherspoon venues across the country ran out of salt (file photo of chain’s branch in Littlehampton)

Meanwhile, McDonald’s was forced to remove the popular Chicken Legend burger from its menu due to ongoing supply chain issues. 

The fast food giant initially said supply chain woes were ‘impacting the availability’ of the burger and that it was working hard to return the item as soon as possible. 

In a later statement on October 19 it said the item should still be available inside restaurant chains, just not for delivery orders. 

And unimpressed punters were left to eat unseasoned pub lunches after JD Wetherspoon venues across the country ran out of salt. 

It came after Wetherspoon bosses apologised in September after a handful of its 671 pubs ran out of Carling and Coors lager, owing to the national shortage of 100,000 hauliers. 

The chain pointed the finger at ‘supplier disruption’, with new food providers being sought to alleviate the pressure on existing stock shortages. 

Despite the supply chain disruption, Greggs has recovered well after its business model was hammered by the pandemic and shares are up over 70 per cent this year.

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