Tesco has issued an update over its stock levels ahead of Christmas amid the border crisis in France.
Tesco has seen bulk buying across its portfolio of stores, as panicking shoppers flock to branches to stockpile ahead of Christmas.
Christmas plans for millions of Brits have been scuppered by the emergence of a new mutant strain of Covid.
Jason Tarry, Tesco CEO, said: “As we approach the busy run-up to Christmas, I wanted to reassure you that, at Tesco, we’re doing all we can to make sure that everyone can get the food they need in a safe environment.
“We have strict social distancing measures in our stores to keep our colleagues and customers safe, and we have plenty of food available to suit your needs at Christmas .”
He added: “As we have good stock levels, please shop as you normally would so that everyone is able to get what they need.”
Tesco continues to have good availability on the small number of fresh products, such as lettuce, cauliflower and citrus fruit, that it imports from France at this time of year.
But the retailer added: “We have some temporary purchasing limits on certain essential products to help all customers have access to these products.”
He continues: “You may have chosen to buy your Christmas food a little earlier this year. If so, please make sure you store your fresh turkey in your fridge at a temperature of no more than 4°C.
“To help us manage the number of people in-store, we’re strongly encouraging our customers to shop alone where possible. This is in line with government guidance and will help to reduce the time spent queueing and in-store, making it safer for all our customers and colleagues.”
Mr Tarry ends: “We will continue to do everything we can to make sure our customers can get the food and essentials they need, while making our stores as safe as we can. We’re also monitoring government guidance to make sure we respond to any changes straight away. We are very grateful to you, our customers, for continuing to follow the guidelines that help to protect us all.”