Manufacturers and retailers were badly hit by the storms and floods that ravaged the north of England and Scotland.
UBUK was forced to close its McVitie’s biscuit factory in Carlisle after the ground floor was flooded. The plant makes a variety of the company’s branded products, including ginger nuts, custard creams and bourbon creams.
The factory remains closed while the company assesses the level of damage and it is uncertain at this stage how long it will take to repair.
McVitie’s said: “It is too early to tell if it will be possible to make all the biscuits produced at Carlisle at our other sites, but
where we can we will temporarily produce biscuits elsewhere. There has been an interruption in supply of some products, while the situation was evaluated. This affected all of our customers, who have been kept updated by the sales teams. Products are again being supplied.”
Distribution is currently being carried out from a central depot that has been unaffected by the floods.
Tesco said one of its two Carlisle stores had been hit by the floods, with the car park temporarily under water.
However, it said the situation had been swiftly returned to normal and the store had continued to trade while it dealt with the problem.
Spar’s Scottish wholesaler CJ Lang said the storms on Tuesday and Wednesday that lashed Scotland had interfered with store deliveries. High winds forced the closure of bridges in Dundee and Perth, driving goods traffic through city centres, creating severe delays.
On Scotland’s west coast, which had been hit by power cuts, many retailers chose to remain closed because security equipment, such as CCTV, was not working.
Staff were unable to gain access to some shops because the electrically operated doors and shutters could not be opened.
Speaking to The Grocer on Wednesday, a spokesman for CJ Lang said: “All deliveries were late when everyone was diverted through Perth and there will be a knock-on effect tomorrow as we catch up. But everything should be back to normal by Friday morning.”
Rod Addy