‘What the…!’ Crisps fans erupt as Walkers could be out of stock for ‘several weeks’

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Supplies of Walkers crisps are set to be disrupted for several weeks after a recent IT upgrade caused major technical issues. As well as Walkers’ crisps, the company also manufactures Wotsits, Quavers, Monster Munch and French Fries, which have reportedly been low in stock as well.

One user wrote: “Is there some kind of national crisp shortage we’re not privy to? Just went to grab a meal deal from Tesco and not a bag of crisps in sight.”

Another added: “Why are there no Walkers crisps on the shelves? What the hell is this?”

And a third said: “It’s a sad sight when you go to three supermarkets and see no walkers crisps you want… @Walkers can we have some of your crisps in shops please.”

The manufacturer, based in Leicester, said a technical glitch had affected production for weeks.

A Walkers spokesperson apologised to customers for any inconvenience and assured that staff are working to increase supplies to supermarket shelves across the country.

The company is also understood to be prioritising production of its most popular flavours, including cheese and onion as well as salt and vinegar.

The spokesman said: “A recent IT system upgrade has disrupted the supply of some of our products. Our sites are still making crisps and snacks, but at a reduced scale.

“We are doing everything we can to increase production and get people’s favourites back on shelves.

“We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused.”

Last week, a spokesman for the Leicestershire-based Poundstretcher group said they had seen deliveries of Walkers products plummet in recent weeks.

He told BusinessLive: “They had a change to their systems and the change has taken much longer than expected.

“In our last order, instead of getting 26 pallets – which is equivalent to a truckload – we received seven cases, which is not even a pallet full. It is that bad.

“I was in Tesco the other day and the crisps shelves were empty, so I think the bigger supermarkets are being affected more severely as their sales are higher volume.

Express.co.uk has contacted Tesco for comment.

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