Empty supermarket shelves in Doncaster caused by a lack of HGV drivers and the continuing CO2 crisis

Photos show barren shelves in a Doncaster supermarket caused by the ongoing national crisis involving a lack of lorry drivers and CO2.

Wednesday, 22nd September 2021, 8:56 am

The photos show the Edenthorpe Sainsbury's on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

Many of the supermarket’s shelves were empty – from fresh produce to meat.

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Empty fruit shelves.

This food shortage is happening nation wide due to the lack of HGV drivers combined with the CO2 crisis.

The halting in production of CO2 has caused issues up and down the supply chain.

CO2 is used for many things in the industry such as keeping salads fresh to the bubbles in carbonated drinks.

It is also used to stun animals before slaughter.

Empty meat shelves.

The government has restarted production by covering the costs of a fertiliser plant in Stockton-on-Tees.

But the halt has already caused disturbance in the food industry and of course the gas and electric sector.

With many smaller gas suppliers going under this week when the worldwide shortage began.

Empty shelves in Edenthorpe's Sainsbury's.

In these confusing and worrying times, local journalism is more vital than ever. Thanks to everyone who helps us ask the questions that matter by taking out a subscription or buying a paper. We stand together. Liam Hoden, editor.

Sign reads: "Please bear with us. We're experiencing high demand."
Empty shelves.