Nestle concerns over supply chains ahead of Christmas

Nestle concerns over supply chains ahead of Christmas

Nestle, which makes Quality Street and Lion bars, says it is experiencing some supply chain problems ahead of the Christmas period.

But chief executive Mark Schneider said the company it is working hard to make sure products make it on to shelves this winter.

A number of sectors have had problems with their supply chains due to a chronic shortage of HGV drivers.

Factors including global bottlenecks with shipping have also played a part.

“Like other businesses, we are seeing some labour shortages and some transportation issues but it’s our UK team’s top priority to work constructively with retailers to supply them,” Mr Schneider said.

When asked by the BBC whether he could guarantee Quality Street would be in the shops this Christmas he replied: “We are working hard.”

Nestle is the world’s largest producer of dairy products. Mr Schneider was in the UK to launch a range of non-dairy, plant-based alternatives to its milk and chocolate in an attempt to further reduce the company’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Agriculture accounts for 20% of the world’s greenhouse emissions and methane from belching cows is a major contributor.

Along with new non-dairy products, Nestle is also working with new types of feed for cattle that produce less methane per litre of milk produced.