Supermarkets: Shelves may be empty, but there is enough stock NOW

The Dutch who do their shopping on Saturday will undoubtedly come across a number of empty shelves. No reason to panic, supermarket sector organization CBL tells Despite the empty shelves, there is still enough stock.

Fearing the coronavirus outbreak, people started hoarding masses of food and other products like toilet paper at the end of the week. Saturday was still busy in Dutch supers, says CBL spokesman Else de Kwaasteniet.

As a result, many people will undoubtedly come across empty shelves in supermarkets. The empty shelves are no cause for alarm. The CBL points to the logistics for the empty shelves: suppliers cannot keep up with the sudden growth in demand. To accommodate the crowds, extra drivers and trucks have been deployed.

“We are working hard to get the shelves full again,” said spokesman Rennie Vernooij of supermarket chain Jumbo. “There is currently some delay because the shelves have been emptied quickly.”

The CBL expects supermarkets to return to normal at the beginning of next week; then the stocks from the distribution centers can actually be found in the supers. “It is therefore not necessary to hoard. There is enough food,” emphasizes CBL spokesperson De Kwaasteniet.

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