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Diet Coke and Coke Zero shortage fears as Coca-Cola warns about supply chain issues

SHOPPERS could be facing a potential shortage of Diet Coke and Coke Zero as Coca-Cola warns about supply chain issues.

The soft drink giant has confirmed that it is dealing with a shortage of aluminium cans due to a lack of delivery drivers.

A shortage of aluminium cans was blamed for supply issues
A shortage of aluminium cans was blamed for supply issuesCredit: Alamy

It comes as experts estimate the nation faces a huge shortfall of 100,000 drivers.

The company’s chief financial officer Nik Jhangiani told the PA news agency that this shortfall was one of a number of “logistical challenges” in getting cans delivered to shelves.

He added: “Supply chain management has become the most important aspect following the pandemic, to ensure we have continuity for customers.

“We are very happy with how we have performed in the circumstances, with service levels higher than a lot of our market competitors.

“There are still logistical challenges and issues though, as with every sector, and the shortage of aluminium cans is a key one for us now, but we are working with customers to successfully manage this.”

Shoppers across the UK have spotted a lack of the fizzy drinks on shelves.

One customer tweeted: “We always purchase the large pks of [coke] zero in cans but all the stores I’ve listed have no coke at all on the shelves.”

Another shopper said that his local supermarket was “constantly awaiting stock” for some Coca-Cola drinks, while another said: “Wife was in 2 supermarkets earlier, no coke zero for her Amaretto.”

A spokesperson from Coca-Cola Europacfic Partners said: “The whole industry is facing a challenge in regards to a shortage of haulier drivers and the beverage sector is also managing through a tight supply situation of aluminum cans.

“We are working closely with our customers to help navigate this complex situation. 

“Our supply chain is working flat out to meet the increased demands for all our products at this time.”

Coca-Cola is the latest company to be hit with supply chain issues recently as Brits face food and booze shortages in supermarkets, chains and pubs.

Pizza Hut was forced to close its popular ice cream factories yesterday at a number of restaurants, while Wetherspoons is suffering from a shortage of some types of beer.

Mitchells and Butler, which runs big brands including Harvester, Toby Carvery and All Bar One, has also seen shortages with customers at some Toby restaurants reporting of no Yorkshire puddings over the weekend.

McDonald’s last week warned of a nation-wide shortage of milkshakes at its more than 1,000 restaurants.

And The Sun revealed Nando’s was suffering with staffing issues that led the chain to close nearly 50 branches last month.

Iceland boss Richard Walker also warned Christmas could be cancelled if the crisis continues.

The impact of Covid, Brexit, and a nationwide lorry driver shortfall have been blamed for the issues.

Here’s the full list of shops and restaurants hit by delivery issues.

Bottled water and fresh fruit and veg are among the products that have been missing from shelves.

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