Walkers Chips supplies were cut short by a computer glitch, leading disappointed snack hunters to be greeted by empty shelves in some stores.
The Leicester-based potato chip maker has confirmed it is experiencing a supply disruption to some Walkers snack products, including multipacks.
The company says it is “working around the clock” to increase supply to stores across the UK following issues caused by a recent IT upgrade.
It is understood that the chip giant, which employs around 1,300 people in Leicester, has been affected by the production problem for several weeks.
The company produces popular snacks including Monster Munch, French Fries, Quavers and Wotsits, as well as its classic crisps. He is now working to get back to full capacity production to resolve the issue.
A spokesperson for Walkers said, “We are currently experiencing a supply disruption to some of our Walkers snack products, due to a recent computer system upgrade. We are very sorry for the inconvenience.
“We are extremely grateful to all of our colleagues in Leicester and our other locations for their hard work and dedication as we work on this issue. “
Customers have reported finding a number of Walkers products not available on supermarket websites, while others have found empty shelves where Walkers snacks should be in some stores.
A dismayed snack fan asked on social media, “Why is there a shortage of Walkers Chip multipacks?”
“I tried Tesco, Asda, Poundland, Iceland and B & Ms and couldn’t get six packs of cheese and onion or salt and vinegar. Empty shelves of Walkers crisps in my Tesco and Asda offices! ”
Another buyer said: ‘I went to Tesco for the usual £ 3 meal combo. Was emptied when I got to the crisps section. The only chips available were the Walkers Wotsits.
One woman said: “The world is going to hell in a handcart! No crisps. No fatty white bread. There’s a carbohydrate crisis, ”while a man jokingly asked if anyone had checked Gary Lineker’s garage.
However, some more cynical people wonder if the crisps crisis is in fact a smart marketing ploy.
“I wonder if Walkers Crisps make up shortage stories to create panic buying.” said a man. “It sounds like a ridiculous story, but a good way to move the old stock. “
Another cynic said: “So Walkers crisps are rare? The best marketing ploy ever! “