Crisps

Walkers owner PepsiCo has temporarily pulled van sales deliveries to independent stores, compounding ongoing supply issues that will last until the end of November, according to Booker.

Several retailers told betterRetailing PepsiCo’s van sales team stopped visiting stores in October.

One retailer said: “I’ve not been able to get any Walkers products at all.”

“The reps were taken off two weeks ago and my concern is the backlog when they come back. I rely on them to come to my shop each week.”

Another store owner affected by the issues added: “I can’t get a single case of Walkers crisps anywhere. The shelves are empty and customers are opting for own label instead.”

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A third retailer added: “[They’re] still off the road. It could be end of November before we see them back out.”

Other store owners across the UK reported being unable to get any Walker’s products from their cash and carries.

In a message sent to retailers and seen by betterRetailing, Booker warned more than 70 PepsiCo lines would be unavailable until the end of November.

Nisa also took the decision to cap orders of available PepsiCo products to five cases.

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PepsiCo blamed the issues on a recent IT system upgrade. betterRetailing understands some van sales visits are taking place, albeit without stock deliveries, while other visits have been replaced by calls and other forms of communication.

A PepsiCo spokesperson said: “We’re very sorry for the inconvenience caused by a recent IT system upgrade, which has disrupted the supply of our products. Our sites are making a range of products, but at a reduced scale. As we work to increase production, our van sales teams are in regular contact with our retail customers to keep them up to date.

“We’re incredibly grateful to our sales colleagues for their dedication, as well as our retailers for their understanding as we work through this issue.”

Booker’s full list of unavailable Walkers lines
Wlkrs Mx Dble Crnch C&O Monster Munch R Beef PM100
Wlkrs Max Dble Crnch BBQ Quavers P/Cocktail PM100
Walkers Crisps Pickled Onion Walkers Prawn Cocktail PM65
Doritos Chilli Heat Walkers Max DC Zinger GB
Doritos Cool Original Walkers Spicy Tom Snaps PM39
M/Munch Mega Pickled Onion Walkers Mix Ups Spicy Snacks
Walkers Salt & Vinegar Walkers Cheese & Onion PM65
Monster Munch Roast Beef Walkers Ready Salted PM65
Walkers Max Paprika Walkers Variety 6 Pack PM165
Walkers Ready Salted Crisps Walkers Salt & Vinegar PM65
Walkers Variety Crisps Quavers Cheese 6 Pack PM165
Walkers Salt&Viinegar 6pk Walkers Smoky Bacon PM65
Walkers Cheese & Onion M/Munch Mega Flamin Hot
Walkers Cheese/Onion Crisps Walkers Max Paprika
Walkers Ready Salted Walkers Max Salt and Vinegar
Doritos Tangy Cheese Doritos Cool Original Chips
Wlkrs Sens Bal Vinegar/Onion Walkers Smoky Bacon GB
Wlkrs Max Flme Grilled Steak Max Strong Hot Chicken Wings
Walkers BE Salt/Vin Squares Walkers Max DC Zingr PM100
Walkers Max DC Zinger Walkers Crisp Tomato Ketchup
Monster Munch F Hot PM100 Wlkrs Max Strong Jlpno&Chse
Walkers Salt/Vin Squares Snack a Jack Salt & Vinegar
Walkers Squares S&V PM100 Chipsticks Salt/Vinegar PM39
Doritos TangyCheese Cornchip Walkers Max Cheese/Onion
Wlkrs Max Org Recipe Chick Quavers S&V PM100
Walkers Max Paprika PM100 Wlkrs Mx Dble Crnch BBQ
M/Munch Mega Roast Beef Quavers Salt & Vinegar
Walkers Ch/On Squares Walkers Roast Chicken GB
Doritos Chilli Heat Flavour Sensations Mango & Red Chill
Wotsits Flamin Hot PM100 Doritos Flame Grilled Steak
Monster Munch Pickled Onion Walkers Flaming Hot Grb Bg
Wlkrs Max Dble Crnch C&O Walkers Flamin Hot PM100
WalkersMax KFC Chick PM100 Wotsits Sizzling Steak PM100
Monster Munch P&O PM100 Walkers Wotsits Steak
Wlkrs Max Strong Jal&Cheese Wotsits Sizzling Steak PM100
Walkers Max KFC Org Chick Walkers Wotsits Steak
Quavers Prawn Cocktail

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