Tesco has warned the government that it is worried about panic-buying in the run-up to Christmas as a shortage of HGV drivers results in empty shelves, reports suggest.
Britain's biggest supermarket told a meeting of the government's new food and drink taskforce it could be "far worse" than stockpiling that took place at the start of the pandemic last year, according to trade magazine The Grocer.
Tesco - which has been offering HGV drivers signing-on bonuses of £1,000 since the summer - reportedly warned the Defra official chairing the meeting last week that it was still looking to fill around 800 such vacancies.
Tesco said it was short of 800 drivers
The supermarket warned that the problem was industry-wide and attempts by different retailers to recruit from the same pool of drivers was like "moving deckchairs around", according to ITV, which also reported on the meeting.
One Tesco executive is said to have told the government that it was worried the situation wo..