Christmas dinners could be stuffed – because panic-buying Covidiots are gobbling up the nation’s turkeys.
Fearing a run on turkeys many shoppers are trying to buy them up now so they do not come a cropper on Christmas Day.
Superstores have seen a huge jump in online searches for Christmas trees, mince pies and puddings as well.
If the 'rule of six’ remains in place that will limit the size of family gatherings – meaning Britain will need more turkeys.
Producers are confident there are more than enough dinners, trees and puds to go around. But – like the rush on toilet rolls at the start of the coronavirus chaos – panic-buying could interfere with the supply chain creating pandemic pandemonium in December.
Sainsbury’s E-commerce director Nigel Blunt said: "Historically as soon as Halloween is over Christmas spikes.
"But this year we’ve seen it come forward all the way and, in terms of interest online and what people are beginning to search for, we’ve got the increase in Halloween and Christmas happening at the same time.’’
He said the retailer had `pulled forward some of our plans’ in response, including launching a first wave of Christmas products two weeks early.
Some panic-buyers were crowing online they had already got Christmas in the bag.
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"I’ve got six turkeys in the freezer – taking no chances,’’ said one.
Another wrote: "Christmas dinner done for family – even if we have to eat in three different houses.’’
Major grocers including Tesco, Ocado and Sainsbury’s, have passed notices to their customers after signs emerged that the public could be stockpiling home delivery slots.
Ocado posted a warning on its book a slot page, which read: “Delivery slots are selling out faster than usual, please use “the next three days button” to see available slots further in advance.”
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