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    Government have been shouting at us all today. Stop panic buying!

    However, I suspect a distraction in the media.

    Pubs, restaurants closed, schools closed, loads of people WFH and eating lunch at home, etc.

    I couldn't find the equivalent graph for the UK, but this one is for the US:



    Assuming something similar, the answer is clear, we're switching where we get our food from and the supermarkets just can't cope, and need to gear up their staff, distribution logistics, etc. This wont happen instantly.
    Backing this up, I heard on the TV this week it is around 25% of our food consumption that comes from out-of-home food retailers.

    Even if the panic buyers - who are arguably a small minority of thickos - were to be locked up or buying controls enforced by government, I think there would still be bare shelves at the supermarket right now.

    Yes there 'is plenty of food in the supply chain', but its been going to the wrong places and will take time for our system to adjust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CheeseSlice View Post
    Government have been shouting at us all today. Stop panic buying!

    However, I suspect a distraction in the media.

    Pubs, restaurants closed, schools closed, loads of people WFH and eating lunch at home, etc.

    I couldn't find the equivalent graph for the UK, but this one is for the US:



    Assuming something similar, the answer is clear, we're switching where we get our food from and the supermarkets just can't cope, and need to gear up their staff, distribution logistics, etc. This wont happen instantly.
    Backing this up, I heard on the TV this week it is around 25% of our food consumption that comes from out-of-home food retailers.

    Even if the panic buyers - who are arguably a small minority of thickos - were to be locked up or buying controls enforced by government, I think there would still be bare shelves at the supermarket right now.

    Yes there 'is plenty of food in the supply chain', but its been going to the wrong places and will take time for our system to adjust.
    Correct. Look at all the commercial wholesalers who supply pubs, restaurants and hotels. They will have to switch their business model to supply to the consumer, or they too will go out of business.
    I dread to think how much food (and beer ) is rotting away in fridges and cellars all over the country. I do hope pubs and restaurants are planning to donate to food banks or other good causes (hospitals?), rather than throw it away.
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    I think all that is true, but it would have happened more gradually if there was no panic buying. The panic buying is still going on. I passed my local Asda this morning & saw a queue of around 150 people waiting outside for opening. When I went in later, they were still all over the toilet roll like flies on sh1te.
    That said, it doesn't really help when the media are constantly reporting about bare shelves. I've managed to resist 'stocking up' so far, but I've had a constant headache & dry mouth all week over it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KinooOrKinog View Post
    I think all that is true, but it would have happened more gradually if there was no panic buying. The panic buying is still going on. I passed my local Asda this morning & saw a queue of around 150 people waiting outside for opening. When I went in later, they were still all over the toilet roll like flies on sh1te.
    That said, it doesn't really help when the media are constantly reporting about bare shelves. I've managed to resist 'stocking up' so far, but I've had a constant headache & dry mouth all week over it!
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    Fighting over water. Do they not have taps in their house? Panic buying
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mordac View Post
    Correct. Look at all the commercial wholesalers who supply pubs, restaurants and hotels. They will have to switch their business model to supply to the consumer, or they too will go out of business.
    I dread to think how much food (and beer ) is rotting away in fridges and cellars all over the country. I do hope pubs and restaurants are planning to donate to food banks or other good causes (hospitals?), rather than throw it away.
    I'll take a barrel or two of donated beer. It'll only go to waste otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mordac View Post
    Correct. Look at all the commercial wholesalers who supply pubs, restaurants and hotels. They will have to switch their business model to supply to the consumer, or they too will go out of business.
    The Times reports this is happening.

    Quote Originally Posted by KinooOrKinog View Post
    That said, it doesn't really help when the media are constantly reporting about bare shelves. I've managed to resist 'stocking up' so far, but I've had a constant headache & dry mouth all week over it!
    What happens is a dumb idiot reads the reports and thinks "Dumb idiots, doing all this panic buying. Oh well, better go to the supermarket and stock up, otherwise the dumb idiots will get it all".
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotAllThere View Post

    What happens is a dumb idiot reads the reports and thinks "Dumb idiots, doing all this panic buying. Oh well, better go to the supermarket and stock up, otherwise the dumb idiots will get it all".
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