Panic buyers already stockpiling Christmas puddings as festive favourite threatened by flour shortage

PANIC buyers are already stockpiling Christmas puddings – as supplies of the festive favourite are threatened by a flour shortage.

Production of the festive puddings has been affected by the worst harvest in 40 years.

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There has also been a shortage of nuts and fruits due to labour problems related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Twelve weeks out from Christmas, food supplier Cartwright & Butler said they have had a huge spike in demand.

Brand director Sonia Whiteley-Guest said: "People are planning early for Christmas and it’s natural there will be some anxiety around availability."  

Panic buying has swept the country again this month as supermarket shelves have been cleared out.

Shelves have been left bare in scenes reminiscent of March when the country was plunged into lockdown.

Major supermarkets reintroduced purchasing limits for popular products such as soap and dried pasta.

Morrisons became the UK's first supermarket chain to bring back rationing on some products – despite there being plenty of stock.

Meanwhile, Marks and Spencer revealed their Christmas range today – three months out from the holidays.

This year, M&S' festive food range includes 300 new products including mini battered sausages, snow globe baubles filled with gin and a chocolate orange Christmas pudding.

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