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Oh crap. Here we go again.

By Sarah Wixon

Anyone else looking forward to seeing long queues of shoppers emerging from supermarkets clutching hauls of mince pies and turkeys in their sweaty paws - in October? Nope, thought not.

However recent headlines about the serious and ongoing supply chain issues facing the Consumer sector mean that this vision could very soon become a reality as shoppers are warned not to try to stockpile ahead of the festive season.

Supermarket bosses are trying to calm the situation which - if the pandemic panic shopping is anything to go by - has the potential to be the equivalent of a ram-raid on a nationwide scale.

Unfortunately if the pandemic showed us anything, it's that common sense is definitely not a prevailing factor when it comes to the average British shopper, especially when Christmas is thrown into the mix - when there is clearly an overwhelming need to have two dozen mince pies lurking in the cupboard 'just in case'.

Good luck everyone - I think we're going to need it...

Panic buying is back in the headlines, as shoppers fear they won’t be able to buy their favourite festive treats this Christmas due to HGV driver shortages and supply chain issues. Tesco has told the government’s food and buying taskforce that it could be “far worse” than the stockpiling which took place after the first coronavirus lockdown. Iceland boss Richard Walker tried to reassure shoppers, saying that there was no need for shoppers to panic buy, though he admitted that the supermarket sector faces challenges this festive season.

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