The UK supply disruption hits Greggs vegan sausage rolls


A general view of the Greggs store in South Woodford in London, UK 17th November 2021. REUTERS / James Davey

LONDON, Nov 17th (Reuters) – UK baker and fast food chain Greggs (GRG.L) has warned that their vegan sausage roll is the latest to succumb to the chain break.

The vegan sausage roll – light puff pastry with a spicy Quorn filling – was launched by the High Street Group in 2019 and quickly became a popular healthier alternative to its classic sausage rolls and steak and chicken casseroles.

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Greggs, based in Newcastle, northeast England, 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of vegan sausage rolls in the first half of this week, the new branch in Canary Wharf on Tuesday and Wednesday has been withdrawn from the product and its South Woodford store sold out on Wednesday.

Gregg CEO Roger Whiteside warned last month that due to the impact 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 has seen some disruptions in the availability of labor and offers of ingredients and products.

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Despite the disruption in the supply chain, Greggs has rebounded well after its business model was hammered by the pandemic, and its stocks are up over 70% this year.

Reporting by Victor Jack and James Davey; Arrangement by Kate Holton, Robert Birsel

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