Grocers draw up plans to manage stockpiling as coronavirus spreads

coronavirus stockpiling
The plans are being put in place to ensure uninterrupted food supplies
// Grocers reveal “feed the nation” plans in bid work with suppliers as stockpiling increases
// Supermarkets reported increased stockpiling thanks to the coronavirus outbreak
// Ocado and Iceland among those to have experienced bulk buying

UK grocers have reportedly drawn up “feed the nation” plans aimed at alleviating the increased stockpiling brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.

Under these plans, grocers would work with suppliers to scale back the variety of foods and groceries available, The Guardian reported.

The partnership means both will instead focus on maintaining supplies of staple products.


The plans are being put in place to ensure uninterrupted food supplies, and it follows Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “battle plans” on Monday, aimed at tackling a potential outbreak by limiting the spread within crowds and to older, more vulnerable people.

The level of risk of contracting coronavirus within Europe was raised from “moderate to high” as deaths in Italy jumped from 18 to 52 on Monday.

British online grocer Ocado advised customers to place orders further in advance than usual because of “exceptionally high demand”.

Meanwhile, frozen food specialist Iceland said it had more shoppers in its stores, spending significantly more than normal.

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